Our Biggest Mini & Junior Rugby Festival

The Bournemouth Festival is conveniently scheduled to take place during the school Easter break to guarantee the maximum uptake from your club and provides the perfect setting for your rugby tour.

Your accommodation is at the popular Sandford Holiday Park which has plenty of onsite amenities to keep your group entertained! These include a heated indoor pool, tennis, table tennis, short mat bowls, crazy golf, multisport court for basketball and football, 2 outdoor play areas with a climbing wall and amusement arcade with Tenpin Bowling! The parks also offer a variety of restaurants and an excellent evening entertainment program.

The Bournemouth Mini & Junior Festival is one of the largest and well-established rugby events of its kind in the UK and attracts teams from across the UK. Last year we have had nearly 120 Mini teams, (Sunday) and approximately 40 Junior teams, (Saturday) competed in age groups ranging from U7s to U16s.

The rugby tournament is formatted so that all teams who participate will enjoy the maximum amount of rugby possible under the RFU regulations. There is always a great atmosphere here with touring teams from around the UK combining with local teams and of course the host club.

Starting the tour on Friday 16th April, with it being a school holiday your group can travel down in the morning and enjoy the onsite facilities such as the indoor pool. You can then check in to your accommodation from 4pm. The remainder of the day and night free to explore the park and use your leisure and entertainment passes.

The Burleigh Travel reception party has now become a legendary event to help the tour organiser and their coaches kick off their weekend in style, and will give you a chance to meet up, and socialise with the representatives from the other touring teams and to meet the Burleigh Travel Staff while enjoying complimentary food and drink.

On the Saturday all the Junior teams will take place in the Bournemouth Junior Festival, with a full day’s rugby in the impressive grounds of Bournemouth Rugby Club. There will be food available throughout the day and once the tournament is complete and prizes awarded you will return to your accommodation to continue your celebrations. The mini’s age groups may wish to use the parks facilities, spend a day at the beach or have a day out at ‘Paulton’s Park’ which has over 50 attractions and rides.

The following day, all the Mini teams will take part in the Bournemouth Mini Festival at Bournemouth Rugby Club. There will be food available throughout the day and once the festival is complete you will return to your accommodation to continue your celebrations. Meanwhile the Junior age groups will have the opportunity to enjoy the parks facilities or have a day out in Bournemouth.

On the final day of your tour, after checking out of your accommodation the day is free to make the most of the parks facilities, before you begin your journey home.

Paul Petersen

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