Laois After Dark: 6 of the Best Things to Do at Night
Looking for unique things to do at night in Ireland? You’ve come to the right place! Located just an hour from Dublin, County Laois comes alive with unique activities and experiences when the sun sets. From moonlit kayak journeys to cosy glamping under the stars, Laois offers a diverse range of memorable night-time adventures.
Today, we’re sharing our top picks for upcoming night-time experiences. This is just a selection of all the wonderful events happening in Laois. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, there’s a memorable experience in our What’s On directory that’s sure to leave you starry-eyed.
Laois After Dark: 6 of the Best Things to Do at Night in the Heart of Ireland
Image source: Midland Escape
1. The Harvest Full Moon Kayak Experience
Experience the tranquil beauty of Laois’s waterways with the unique Harvest Full Moon Kayak Experience by Midland Escape. Over several evenings at the end of September, the moonrise occurs shortly after sunset, resulting in bright moonlight.
Traditionally, this phenomenon aided farmers and crews in harvesting their summer-grown crops, hence the name “Harvest” Moon. This year, visitors can enjoy this breathtaking event by kayak or paddleboard, taking in the beauty in a truly unforgettable way.
Date and time: Friday, September 29th, 2023 from 9.30pm to 11.30pm │ Location: Vicarstown │ Cost: €45 │ midlandescape.ie
Image source: Full Moon Midlands on Instagram
2. The Full Moon Yoga Gathering
The Full Moon Yoga Gathering offers a unique opportunity to connect body and mind with nature – all under the Laois night sky. This event invites participants of all ages and experience levels to a tranquil yoga class by the banks of Derryounce Lakes. As you move through beginner-friendly yoga poses, you’ll experience the calm and serenity of nightfall.
The glow of a bonfire adds to the magical atmosphere, creating a truly memorable experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this yoga event promises to be a night of tranquillity, community, and self discovery.
Location: Derryounce Lake, Portarlington │ instagram.com/fullmoonmidlands
Image source: Photo via Glamping Under the Stars
3. Glamping Under The Stars
Experience the great outdoors with a touch of luxury at Glamping Under the Stars. Nestled in the heart of Laois, this location offers beautifully quirky glamping sites where guests can spend the night under a blanket of stars.
Whether you’re in the mood to light up the BBQ, toast marshmallows at the campfire, play in the gardens, or run wild through the wildflower and grass meadows, this night-time experience is not to be missed! It’s the perfect place for a family glamping adventure or even a legendary hen party. Bell tents are closed for the 2023 season but there are plenty of other glamping accommodations available.
Location: Cullenagh, Portlaoise │ glampingunderthestars.ie
Image source: Lilly’s Piano Bar
4. Cocktails at Lilly’s Piano Bar
For a sophisticated evening out in Laois, Lilly’s Piano Bar offers an elegant atmosphere where every moment is an experience.
Nestled in the heart of Portlaoise, Lilly’s Piano Bar is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring the county. As the night unfolds, guests can indulge in a variety of expertly crafted cocktails and delectable bites from their food menu. For an extra special treat, ask the resident mixologists for a secret off-menu cocktail. They might just oblige!
Location: Main Street, Portlaoise │ instagram.com/lillysportlaoise
Image source: Irish Photography Hides
5. Night-time Wildlife Experience
For those who have a passion for wildlife and photography, the Irish Photography Hides offer a truly memorable night-time experience.
In the tranquil cover of darkness at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, guests have the opportunity to take captivating photographs of Ireland’s nocturnal creatures, including owls, badgers and more. Make sure to share your stunning snaps on Facebook for a chance to be named Photographer of the Month!
Location: Limekiln Hide│ Cost: from €50 │ irishphotographyhides.com
Image source: Dunamaise Arts Centre
6. Culture Night at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
If you’re looking for a unique way to spend Culture Night on Friday, September 22nd, the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise has an exceptional line-up of events, showcasing a unique blend of arts, music, and local talent.
For the evening, visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant local culture of Laois. They’ll have the opportunity to meet artists Paddy Critchley and Greg Hallahan, groove to the tunes of DJ Stephen Keegan, and witness a special performance by NOTIFY, featuring both trad and jazz musicians.
Date and time: Friday, September 22nd, 2023 │ Location: Church Street, Portlaoise │ Cost: Free │ dunamaise.ie
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