The festival that’s outstanding in its field …

The Funky Zone​

Where: On the Abbeyleix Road out of Durrow on the left hand side, within walking distance from the village centre. (Formerly The Ranch)
When: 11am to 6pm each day
Admission Fees:  Adults €3 – Children €1 (pay at entrance with cash or card accepted – some optional charges will apply inside)

Children can get lost in the Scarecrow Maze whilst parents enjoy a sit down with an ice-cream, tea or coffee, younger children will enjoy the Mud Kitchen and Sand Play Area

Tom Dunne Agri-Aware Pet Farm will be in the Funky Zone on Sunday 30th July, Saturday 5th August and Sunday 6th August, with an adorable collection of farmyard pets.

Lego fans will enjoy browsing the huge collection of models and frames with the brilliant Lego Miniatures, who will be with us for all nine days of this year’s festival.

Laois Archery will also be with us on Sunday 30th July, Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Bank Holiday Monday 7th August!

Durrow & District Pipe Band – Memories & Memorabilia Display

Lastly but by no means least, the Funky Zone will also have Europe’s largest bouncy castle – The Miami Slide.  The Miami Slide is available for all nine days of this year’s Scarecrow festival from 11am until 6.00pm!!

Scarecrow Village

Where: The Square, Durrow, Co. Laois – Enclosed Festival Area

When: 11am to 7pm
Admission Fees:  Adults €5 – Children €1. Pay at entrance, with cash or card accepted – some optional charges will apply inside.

Arts, Crafts & Colouring – Scarecrow Colouring Competition – Sheets available for colouring all day!

Glitter Art and Tattoos
Skin safe, temporary ink & glitter tattoos for children

Face Painting
Have fun and why not get painted like a Scarecrow.

Also situated in the Scarecrow Village every day, we have lots to keep kids amused and entertained including Sand Art, optional Bouncy Castles, Pick ‘n’ Paint, Games, Workshops for all age groups, some of the best Scarecrows from this, and previous year’s All Ireland Scarecrow Championship will also be on display. 

Tempt your taste buds whilst visiting some high quality Food Stalls, as you soak in the sounds of all this year’s Live Music and Entertainment, including acts such as The Finns, Brinda Irani, and Drops Of Green.

Official Opening Ceremony

11am – With the Durrow & District Pipe Band in the Scarecrow Village

Food & Craft Fair

11am to 6pm – In the small Green opposite the Scarecrow Village

Family Entertainment

11am – Stilt Walkers in and around the Scarecrow Village
11am to 11:45am – Wobbly Circus. Entertainment for all the family!
11am – Aghaboe Carriages can take you on a horse drawn tour of the Scarecrow Trail
2pm – 6pm – Puppeteer Julie Rose McCormack’s excellent puppet show! 
3pm – Jeca The Clown, madcap antics with everyone’s favourite clown! 
3:15pm to 4pm – Wobbly Circus. Entertainment for all the family!

Live Music

All live music takes place in the Scarecrow Village!

11:45am – 12:15pm – Live performance by Vocem Darú Choir
12:15pm – 1:15pm – Live music with The Kelly Brothers
1:15pm – 3:15pm – Live Music with Abbeyfolk
4pm to 6:30pm
– Live music with The Finns

Dog Obedience

2pm – 4:30pm – Dog Obedience Classes beside Durrow Playground! Bring along your pooch and teach them a thing or two!

Durrow Playground

The Playground has been voted in the top 12 playgrounds in Ireland by the Irish Times and has been updated since our last festival to include a basketball court, seven a-side soccer and extra seating and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic whilst the children play and parents can enjoy a well-earned break in this enclosed area.