European Rugby Festivals
Rugby festivals have shot up in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason! Combining travel, game time and a brilliant party atmosphere it ticks all the boxes for a weekend away to remember. Travelling Friday and returning Sunday or Monday it doesn't involve booking much, if any, time off work either!
Below we have some of our top Rugby Festivals from a range of European destinations including Holland, France and Belgium.
Date: 31st March & 1st April 2018
Categories: Men’s & Ladies 15's & 7's
Location: Gent, Belgium
The Gent Festival will see its 31th year in 2018 and hosts competitions for U17, U19 and senior men as well as a ladies festival over a weekend of rugby and partying.
Arriving in Gent on Friday night you have the evening free to either explore this lively city or join your hosts at Gent RC club house for their Belgian Beer evening and pre-tournament party.
Saturday you will travel to the Gent Easter Festival for a day of rugby. After the matches enjoy the ‘All You Can Eat BBQ’ before your celebrations with the clubs themed tournament party.
Sunday you have free and the option to organise an additional fixture or use the day to explore. You may wish to visit Brussels to sight see, take a brewery tour or a visit to the popular Oceade Water Park. That night head to an open air party in the historical city of Gent: The City throws great parties on Sunday-evening, as Easter Monday is a public holiday in Belgium!
Date: 1st April 2018
Categories: U9 - U19
Location: Hilvesum, Holland
Based in the Dutch town of Hilversum, which is surrounded by beautiful woodlands, lakes and meadows, the Hilversum Rugby Festival is one of the largest rugby tournaments in Europe. The festival attarcts teams from not only the UK and Holland but also from Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and South Africa have entered.
You will arrive in Holland on Friday night, after getting the ferry over, and have the evening to settle in and explore. Saturday you have free to explore, we recommend a visit to Amsterdam to explore the world famous capital city or a day out at Efteling Theme Park. If it is more rugby tour are after then we can organise a fixture with a local team for a pre tournament friendly.
The Hilversum Rugby Festival is on Sunday! The club has six full size pitches, aw well as mini pitches, along with bars and food outlets. Expect a thrilling day of rugby, followed the famous Dutch '3rd half'.
Loule Rugby Festival 2018
Date: May 2018
Categories: Men's and Ladies
Location: Algarve, Portugal
This longstanding tournament is entering it's 32nd year and offers a fantastic opportunity to play against a range of opposition from counties such as Spain, Portugal, England, Africa, Italy, France, Gibraltar, Belgium, Wales and Scotland.
You will arrive into Albufeira on the Friday and have the evening free to explore. Why not spend the night at the bars and clubs on The Strip or explore the narrow streets of Old Town.
On Saturday morning you travel to Loule RC for the tournament. This 15-a-side event will see you playing matches lasting 15 minutes each way. After the tournament enjoy the dinner and after party at the club.
Sunday is a free day to explore. Why not try one of the local water parks, which boast a 92m slide called the Kamikaze, a golden sandy beach or a round of Roman themed mini golf.
Berlin 10's Rugby Festival 2018
Date: TBC 2018
Categories: Men's 10-a-side
Location: Berlin, Germany
This International Rugby Tournament takes place at the Berliner Sports Club, and this year marked the 21st anniversary. In the past teams from England, Scotland, France, Holland, Sweden and even America have taken part in this tournament.
The matches will be played on Saturday between 10 am and 6 pm. It will directly be followed by the presentation ceremony where the winners and the runner-ups of the cup and plate will be announced and get their prizes.
Following the tournament a banquet with a late bar will take place at the BSC Club house Saturday evening.
Over the course of the weekend you will have a chance to explore Germany's stunning capital. Awash with some of Europe's most famous history, there is plenty to see. The city is also famed for it's nightlife which can cater for all tastes and groups.
Flanders Open 10's Rugby Festival 2018
Date: 18th - 20th May 2018
Categories: Men's, Ladies and Vets
Location: Flanders, France
The Flanders Open Rugby 10’s Tournament attracts teams from all over the world, such as the U.S.A, Canada, Russia, Israel, South Africa, Serbia, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium and Holland. There is a men’s, ladies and veterans tournament with prize money available for the winners of each group, this is sure to encourage competitive rugby while the huge party’s each night will provide a great atmosphere for all involved. The tournament is open to 44 men’s teams, 24 women’s teams, and 12 vet’s teams, with competition over two days for various cups and plates.
You will arrive Friday where you will be based in tented accommodation within the tournament surroundings providing a unique tournament atmosphere. That night enjoy the festivals welcome party.
Saturday sees the first pool matches begin in a round robin format. Following this enjoy a BBQ put on by the club, before the evening Rugby-Party.
The second day you will compete for the cup, plate or bowl depending on your position from the previous day. This is followed by prize giving and more partying!
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