What’s On Guide

From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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Three Day En Plein Air

20th August @ 10:00 am - 23rd August @ 5:00 pm

€30 – €80

Three days of tutored outdoor painting, in the wonderful setting of Heywood Gardens, the surrounding woodlands, and Ballinakill Village.

Day One, takes place on August 20th in the glorious surroundings of Heywood Gardens, designed in 1906, by Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.
Day Two takes place on August 21st, in the magical woodlands of the Heywood Estate, which boasts woodland trails, lakeside walks and a huge diversity of wildlife and nature, all set in the most wonderful picturesque solitude.
Day Three, which takes place on August 23rd, is set in the historical former Charter village of Ballinakill, with an abundance of subject matter on offer, from historic buildings to street views.


20th August @ 10:00 am
23rd August @ 5:00 pm
€30 – €80