Tournament Overview

Welcome to Ghent Rugby Festival, one of Europe’s most dynamic rugby events! Set in the vibrant city of Ghent, this festival offers the perfect mix of fierce rugby competition and lively social activities!

Catering to U17, U19 and Veteran teams, the Ghent Rugby Festival sees teams from around the world gather in true celebration of the sport!

Ghent Rugby Club serves as the ultimate backdrop – great facilities, great rugby! This festival is the ultimate international opportunity for young players to learn from diverse opponents and refine their techniques in a high-stakes environment!

Fri 18th – Mon 21st April 2025

Packages from
Price based on:

40 people travelling, 4 days / 3 nights, Friday 18th to Monday 21st April 2025
Return coach and Ferry
Tournament entry for one team
All resort coach transfers

Rugby Festival

The Ghent Rugby Festival is an annual event held over the Easter Bank Holiday and always attracts teams from Europe and further afield. Aside from the rugby, there’s entertainment with an all night party on Friday, followed by a fancy dress disco on Saturday and another party on Sunday. If you want to attend the party nights, please speak with us when booking your tour. 

Rugby Tournament

A perfect combination of rugby and social activities


Only 2 hours from Calais


Experience the medieval town of Ghent

European Age Groups

Age GroupTeam SizeFormat
U17 Boys15-a-sideIRB Rules – League Format and Final between the top two teams
U19 Boys15-a-sideIRB Rules – League Format and Final between the top two teams
Veteran Tournament15-a-sideIRB Rules – League Format and Final between the top two teams

What to Expect

Day 1: Depart from the UK by coach or air and arrive in Ghent. Check in to your hotel before taking part in the Belgian Beer evening and welcome party at Ghent Rugby Club.

Day 2: All age categories will play their pool matches today, followed by the renowned all-you-can-eat BBQ and a themed party!

Day 3: The finals for all age categories take place today, as well as a Mixed Touch Rugby tournament. Once the matches are completed, there will be a prize ceremony and a closing party.

Day 4: Time to head home and get some rest! You will check out of your accommodation and head home by coach or air.

Rugby Festival


You’re in safe hands!

We work within the rules set out by the applicable sporting governing bodies to ensure we get things just right. What’s more, you can rest easy knowing that our ABTOT bond, ATOL license and ABTA membership mean your money is well protected.

What’s included in your package

3 nights’ accommodation

On half-board basis

Travel to the festival

By air travel, with coach transfers in Lisbon

Tournament kit, including event t-shirts


Manage your booking online

Access to our online booking management system

Why not treat yourself to an upgrade?

Want to make your time away more special? Whatever your thoughts are start talking to us and we’ll do everything we can to help.

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Suggested Accommodation

For the best access to the festival, Ghent City Centre offers a perfect location and will allow you to take part in the festival BBQ and closing party. However, we must warn you that Ghent accommodation is expensive over Easter weekend!  

If you’re set on hotels but would prefer a less expensive option, Antwerp is the next best city and is approximately an hour’s drive away.  

Hotel Accommodation

  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Twin, Triple or Quad Rooms (En-suite)
  • Bed & Breakfast 

Alternatively, many younger groups choose to stay at Center Parcs De Haan, which is situated on the Belgian coast, approximately one hour away from Ghent. Center Parcs is famous for its quality accommodation, leisure activities, restaurants, bars and Aqua Mundo swimming paradises.  

Center Parcs De Haan

  •  4, 5 or 8 Berth Bungalows 
  • Choice of Comfort or Premium standard
  • All single beds
  • Spacious Lounge/Diner with Satellite TV
  • Kitchen with Fridge, Hob, Microwave, Toaster and Kettle
  • Private patio with outdoor furniture

Book your festival

Like what you see and want to start planning? The best way to get things moving is by speaking to one of our tournament advisors on 01708 565014 or by filling in an enquiry form online.

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Rugby Festival

Things to do in Ghent

Ghent is a beautiful medieval city full of cafes, bars and restaurants to visit. With so much history and ancient architecture, you will enjoy simply walking the streets of the city and taking in the attractions.  


  • Gravensteen Castle 
  • Cathedral of St Bavo 
  • Saint Michael’s Church and the Sint-Michielsbrug Bridge 
  • Graslei Canal 
  • STAM (Ghent City Museum)

Gravensteen Castle

Gravensteen Castle

St. Michael Bridge

St. Michael Bridge

Graslei Canal

Graslei Canal

“The tournament was extra special and we loved the opening and closing ceremonies. The boys felt like they were playing in a World Cup!”

Rishton United


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