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Our Guide to What is on this Weekend if you’re not at Electric Picnic

It’s a little bit quieter in Laois this weekend with the majority of activity happening at the largest music festival of the year, Electric Picnic happening in Stradbally.

We are looking forward to welcoming 55,000 picnickers to Laois. The Downtown Portlaoise team and the local businesses have really got in the festival spirit and the town is looking amazing. Let’s show everyone a wonderful warm Laois welcome.

THURSDAY AUGUST 29

Slieve Bloom Guided Walk
The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is a Emo Court walk. This walk is a Grade C, 8km walk and takes 2-3 hours. Meeting point is Emo Village Entrance at 7pm. €5 per walk or €20 annual membership (€30 for family). For more information see www.slievebloom.ie.

FRIDAY AUGUST 30

Electric Picnic

The largest music festival of the year is happening again in Stradbally Hall from Friday to Sunday. With 55,000 people in our county it promises to be great weekend. Welcome to all visitors to this sold out event. For line-ups and details see https://www.electricpicnic.ie

SATURDAY AUGUST 31

Dumbo – Family Cinema – Dunamaise Arts Centre

The all-new grand live-action adventure, Dumbo tells a beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.

A fun back-to-school treat for all the family! Tickets are only €4 and the show begins at 2pm. To book see www.dunamaise.ie.

Built and Natural Heritage Walk Vicarstown

Come along to this walk and talk session where Séan, the society Chairperson, will explore the natural and built heritage of the area surrounding the canal at Vicarstown, Co. Laois. Picnic and refreshments will be provided along the way.

Meeting at Creans Pub Vicarstown at 2pm – 4.30pm on Saturday 31st. The0 walk will be along the Grattan Aqueduct to the Camac Aqueduct which is approximately 3km. This event is family friendly and there is no charge but donations are welcome. Contact us on 0862102397 or laoisheritagesociety@gmail.com or via facebook.

SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER

Laois Heritage App

Out and about Laois and want to know more about the local sites? Download the Laois Heritage App on the Google Play Store or Apple IStore. It covers 14 different sites around the county with a brief audio guide on each. The Laois Garden trail can also be found on this app.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.