For one week only, Durrow, a little village in Laois transforms its town for the Durrow Scarecrow Festival. They had Peppa Pig, Beyoncé, Fidget Spinners, Minions and Harry Potter just to name a few. Durrow Scarecrow Festival took place the first week in August this year, I know I’m way behind on the blog but sure these things happen. A quirky festival with something for all ages and best of all it’s free to view all the scarecrows. Now in its 8th year, it also hosts a variety of entertainment including workshops, live music, summer camps and street entertainment. Essentially the festival is a competition with locals and people from neighbouring towns coming together to make the scarecrows.

durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival




durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival

The highlight of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival was the monstrous King Kong standing proudly in the centre of the village. It was truely magnificent!

durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival

They even have a mini fairy scarecrow village with a GAA pitch, houses and even a miniature playground for the smallies to play with (or pull apart).

durrow scarecrow festival

The local Fire Fighters even got involved teaching both adults and kids alike the dangers of leaving televisions and chargers on plugged in amongst many other risks.

durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival

Spot centre in the middle of the town was ‘Scarecrow Village’. Admission for children was free and adults were charged €2 per head. Inside they had live entertainment, more scarecrows, food and crafts stalls and bouncy castles for the kids again at a small charge.

durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival

durrow scarecrow festival

Durrow Scarecrow Festival takes place every year around the end of July or early August and is a must-see event. Only for someone shared it in my Adventures of Eire group we’d never have known about. The kids had a ball, I loved every second of it and without of a shadow of a doubt, it’s going to be a yearly tradition to see what locals can come up with next.

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1 Comment on A Village Transformed – Durrow Scarecrow Festival | Adventures of Eire

  1. Lovely Laois has it all…….easily accessible….beautiful heritage towns such as Abbeyleix, St Mochuas Round tower in Timahoe – a 12th century round tower and monastic ruins situated on a 6th century monastic settlement in the model village of Timahoe. The rock of Dunamase. Emo Court. Heywood Gardens. Abbeyleix bog walk. The Slieve Blooms – Europes oldest mountain range………i could go on and on. Come to Laois, sure its lovely.

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