Saturdays Farmers Market @ SOLAS

Sunday Craft Market @ SOLAS

SOLAS Music -Bank Holiday 1th August
Agri Innovation Development Workshop
  • Date: Saturday 6th August
  • Time: 2-6pm
  • Suitable for: Adults
  • Agri Workshop | Book Here
Clothes Swap Event
Healthy Lifestyle Workshop (The Power of Organic Fitness)
Greenscene Living Wall Workshop
Eco Warrior (Back Garden Skills) Workshop

Yoga with Alice in Yogaland

  • Day & Time
    • Tuesday 10-11am
    • Saturday 10.30-11.30am
  • Suitable for: Adults of all abilities
  • Price; Drop in class 12 euro
  • Yoga Class | Book Here

Sound Meditation with Holistic Health Care

Room Rental Rates

  • 25€ - 1 Hour
  • 75€ - Half day / 4 hours
  • 125 – Full day

Kids Easter Camp
  • Date: Tues 12th April - Fri 15th April 10am-2pm
  • Suitable for: Children 7+
  • Lunch and snacks included in the price
  • Easter Camp | Book Here
Kids Easter Cookery Course
Family Easter Day Out at Solas
  • Date: Sunday 17th April
  • Times:
    • 10am - 11.30pm
    • 11.30 - 1pm
    • 1pm - 2.30pm
    • 2.30 - 4pm

Christmas Events.

Christmas Crafts For Kids Workshop (Pine Cone Creations)

Saturday 18th of December (Choice of Times)
12pm (Noon) - 1pm
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Suitable for: Children Aged 6+
Christmas Crafts | Book Here

Adults & Kids Willow Weaving Course (Christmas Decorations)
Sunday 19th of December (Choice of Times)
11am - 11.40am
12pm (Noon) - 12.40pm
Suitability: Children & adults
Willow Decorations | Book Here

Drive in Cinema Experience
Sunday 19th of December
Arthur Christmas 2pm
drive-in-cinemas Book here
Home Alone 5pm
drive-in-movie Book here
ELF 8pm
drive-in-cinema Book Here

Christmas Music Events at solas

  • Saturday 4th December Stacey Dunne
  • Sunday 5th December Portarlington Concert Band
  • Friday 10th December Portarlington Arts Festival
  • Saturday 11th December JL Sound
  • Sunday 12th December Carol Singing, with Ann Dunne
  • Saturday 18th December Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Halloween Events

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Cookery Course for Kids

Halloween Ghost Stories With Nuala Hayes

Halloween Face Painting

Eco Warrior Back Garden Skills Workshop

Previous Courses / Events

How to Decoupage (Children's Workshop, Using Recycled Materials)

  • Date: Friday 13th of August at 11am
  • Suitable for: Children 6-12
  • How to Decoupage

Rustic Hanging Basket Ideas Workshop

Summer Wreath Making Workshop

Make Your Own Macrame Shopping Bag Workshop

How to Grow Organic Winter Salads Workshop

How to Grow Organic Winter Vegetables Workshop

How to make an Eco-Friendly bottle bird feeder Workshop for kids

Children's Crafts (Make Your Own Hedgehog)

Willow Weaving Workshop For Kids

Foraging Course (How to Make Blackberry Compote & Elderberry Syrup)

Make Your Own Macrame Hanging Plant Holder

Children's Crafts (Make Your Own Sun Catcher)

  • Choice of Dates
    • Tuesday 28th September at 12pm (Noon)
    • Saturday 2nd of October at 12pm (Noon)
  • Suitable for: Children Ages 6 to 12
  • Children’s Crafts | Book Here

Learn All About Bats

Halloween Drive-in Cinema (Family Movie: Scooby Doo FrankenCreepy)
Halloween Drive-in Cinema (Movie: Halloween Resurrection)
  • When: Monday 25th of October at 8pm
  • Suitability: Rated R: Restricted - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
  • Drive-in Movie | Book Here

Halloween Craft Ideas For Kids
Christmas Wreath Making Class
Saturday 27th of November
Time: 2pm
Suitable for: Kids & Adults (Aged 12+)
Christmas Wreath Making Class | Book Here

Macramé For Beginners Workshop (Christmas Tree Decorations)
Sunday, 28th of November at 11:30am
Sunday, 5th of December at 11:30am
Suitability; 6+
Macrame Christmas Decorations | Book Here

Christmas Crafts For Adults Workshop (Christmas Cards)
Sunday 28th of November (Choice of Times)
11am - 12.30pm
1.30pm - 3pm
Suitable for: Adults
Christmas Crafts | Book Here

Kids Christmas Crafts Workshop (Eco Christmas Crafts)
Saturday 4th of December (Choice of Times)
11am - 12pm (Noon)
1pm - 2pm
Suitable for: Children6+
Kids Christmas Crafts | Book Here

Adults & Kids Christmas Craft Ideas (Yarn Xmas Trees)
Sunday 5th of December
Choice of Times
2pm - 3.15pm
3.30pm - 4.45pm
Yarn Xmas Tree | Book Here

Christmas Cookery Course for Kids

Saturday 11th of December (Choice of Times)
12pm (Noon) - 1.15pm
1.45pm - 3pm
3.30pm - 4.45pm
Suitable for: Children Aged 6 to 16
Cookery Course | Book Here

LEGO Exhibition @ SOLAS


Pay on the day (Booking not necessary)
€6 Per Person
Family of 4 Ticket: €20
Suitability: All ages

Butterfly Craft (recycled Magazines)

St Brigid's Cross Weaving Workshop

Basic Bike Maintenance (Repair Workshop)

Kids Growing in the Garden Workshop (2 Days)

St Patricks Day Children's Craft Workshop

Quilling Workshop (Mothers Day Card)

Mothers Day at Solas
  • Date: Sunday 27th March 10am-4pm
  • 10% Discount on all outdoor plants for mums
  • 10% Discount on tea/coffee
  • Music in the food court from 2 O'Clock- JL Sounds
Mother’s Day Treat with Solas (Lunch & Workshop included)
  • Sunday
    • 27th March 10am-2pm
    • 3rd April 10am-2pm
  • Suitable for; Adults only
  • Lunch, trip to the Rock of Dunamase and a hanging Basket Workshop included
  • 10%off outdoor plants
  • Mother's Day Treat /Book Here
Make Your Own Macrame Hanging Plant Holder
BBQ Demonstration (Free Event)
  • Date: Sunday 3rd April at 2pm
  • Suitable for: Adults
  • Free Event
Cookery Course [Handmade Pasta Class for Beginners]
  • Wednesday 6th April 10am-2pm
  • Suitable for; Adults age 18-100, ideal for all the food lovers with or without experience
  • Pasta Cookery Course/Book Here
World Earth Day @ Solas
  • Talk about Sustainable Living with David Maher- 2pm
  • Children's Craft and Face painting from 11am
  • Music from Stacey Dunne
  • Date: 24th April 11-4pm
  • Suitable for: Children and adults of all ages
  • Free event
  • Earth Day | Click here for more details
Critical Mass Cycle Event Portarlington

May Bank Holiday @ Solas 'Welcoming Summer'

    Saturday 30th April
  • Farmers Market 10-2pm
  • Decorate the May Bush @ 2pm
    Sunday 1st May
  • Craft Market 11-3pm
  • Planting Demo- 'Herb Basket'@12
  • Music DJ Filip from the Port Art Collective From 12-4pm
    Monday 2nd May
  • Children's Craft from 12pm 'Make a May Flower Crown'
  • Face Painting from 12pm
  • Planting Demo- 'Herbal Tea Planter' @12pm
  • Traditional Irish Music  Comhaltas @ 2pm
International Bee Day
Macramé Workshop (Wall Hanging)
Summer Wreath Making Workshop
Circular Economy Academy Workshop

Kids Summer Camp (4 Days)

Laois Best Dancer hosted by RAM

  • Day & Time; Friday 17th June 5.30pm
  • Suitable for: all ages and abilities
  • Price Free

Wild flower Event at Solas  9th July

Saturday 9th July
  • Wildflowers in Watercolour Painting Class with artist Jacinta Hughes
  • Wildflower Talk with Sandro
Sunday 10th
  • Music in our outdoor food court
  • Children’s Crafts and face painting
Festival Français at Solas  16th and 17th July
  • Au Marche: Our farmers market will take on a french theme on Saturday 16th July
  • Le Discotheque:  Dj Dave and Jazz Quartet playing french music
  • Tour de Portarlington: in conjunction with Critical Mass Cycle Group
  • Taste of France: in our food court with a selection of french dishes, deserts & wines on sale
  • Allez les bleus! Revealing our latest art installation at SOLAS
  • Street performers & French Mime artists
  • Traditional puppet shows
  • Children crafts & French face painting
  • Quest speakers & Historians
  • Plus special guests

Events at Solas County Laois

At our Garden Centre in County Laois we are creating spaces for fun and educational activities. Our events team is constantly working on new ideas and courses so stay tunned to our website and our social media for updates on whats new at solas.
Our events are open to everyone, so if you are looking for fun events in Laois , Offaly, Kildare or elsewhere come visit us for fun activities for all the family

Gardening Courses

At SOLAS We are making plans for a gardening club for Laois

Throughout the year at Solas, we will be running workshops & gardening courses 

  • Between March & August
  • Sandro Caffola with brilliant knowledge of wildlflowers. Excellent Gardening Tips and advice from Carlow
  • Other planned guests:
    • TJ Maher: Talk on Herbaceous borders
    • Peter Dowdall: Gardening Tips for the expert Irish Gardener
    • Niall McEvoy: Living wall masterclass
    • Colman Power: Organic Growing & Healthy Living
  • Members of our club will receive
  • 15% discount off all garden plants!!
  • Reduced rates for entrance to our gardening talks
  • Monthly gardening Tips & advice articles
  • If you would like to join please contact John: [email protected]