Junior Rugby Tours at Butlin’s Minehead, Somerset

2018 was a record breaking, sell out year at the Tigers Challenge in Minehead, with 215 teams and over 6000 people from all over the UK participating in the festival! On the back of this success, demand for 2019 is expected to be greater than ever. Join us for the ultimate action packed rugby tour in the South West – the Tigers Challenge at Butlin’s Minehead.

The Tigers Challenge combines a professionally organised rugby tournament for U7 – U14 teams and U13 & U15 girls teams, the superb touring facilities provided at Butlin’s award winning resort in Minehead, and a spectacular celebrity presentation ceremony to close the festival in style.

The festival itself is staged at Minehead Barbarians RFC and a selection of venues within Minehead town. All venues are within 1 mile of Butlin’s and complimentary shuttle buses are provided throughout the weekend.

Accommodation & Entertainment

Butlin’s Minehead is a jewel in the crown for the Tigers Challenge. Located right on the beach, yet on the doorstep of the great wilderness of Exmoor National Park, it really is a magnificent setting for a UK rugby tour.

After an exciting day of action at the pitches, the onsite facilities at Butlin’s are fantastic for children of all ages and adults alike. There’s a huge variety of sports and leisure activities, the Splash Waterworld with flumes, slides and wave machines, superb evening Entertainment venues and great places to eat and drink. There’s the Aerial Rope Course with the stomach churning ‘leap of faith’ and climbing wall, Multi-Sports Court, Fairground with free rides, Cinema, Go-Kart Track, Adventure Golf, Ten Pin Bowling*…. we could go on!

The evening entertainment is another key factor which sets Butlin’s apart from all other holiday centres. There’s a huge range of entertainment on offer in the premier entertainment venues. From brilliant daytime shows and spectacular evening events, there’s amazing entertainment for the whole family at Butlin’s.

There’s a range of accommodation options available to suit all budgets in Standard, Silver, Gold, Seaside and Deluxe grades. If your club like a bit of luxury on tour, the new £12million West Lakes Village will be a beautifully serene place to rest your head after a day of action at the Tigers Challenge.

The apartments at Butlin’s are ideal for families, providing everyone with enough space to relax in comfort. With separate lounge and kitchen areas, 2 or 3 bedrooms and bathroom, the apartments are fully equipped with everything you could need on tour.

Butlin’s half board dining plans are always popular with our teams on tour. There’s a great range of food on offer and you can go back for more as many times as you like, perfect for hungry kids and adults after a day at the pitches.

So, if you’re looking for an action packed touring experience in the South West, join us at the Tigers Challenge at Butlin’s Minehead. Call ESF Events on 01664 566360 to reserve your team places!

Dates, Age Groups & Registration Fees

Fri 3 - Mon 6 May 2019
U7: 4-a-side
U8: 6-a-side
U9: 7-a-side
U10: 8-a-side
U11: 9-a-side
U12: 12-a-side
U13: 13-a-side
U14: 15-a-side
U13 GIRLS: 12-a-side
U15 GIRLS: 15-a-side
Team registration fee:
There are no team entry fees to the Tigers Challenge. All costs associated with the festival are included in the accommodation charges. It is a condition of entry to the festival that accommodation for your whole party, including players, family members, coaches and supporters, must be booked through ESF Events.

Accommodation prices

Standard Room

2, 3, 4, & 5 berth
3-6 May 2019£119pp
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Silver Room

2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 berth
3-6 May 2019£129pp
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Silver Suite

4 berth
3-6 May 2019£135pp
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Standard Apartment

4, 5, 6 & 7 berth
3-6 May 2019£135pp
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Silver Apartment

4, 5 & 6 berth
3-6 May 2019£149pp
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Silver Bungalow

4, 5, 6 & 7 berth
3-6 May 2019£155pp
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Gold Apartment

4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 berth
3-6 May 2019£159pp
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Deluxe Suite

2, 4, 5 & 6 berth
3-6 May 2019£165pp
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Seaside Apartment

4, 5 & 6 berth
3-6 May 2019£159pp
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Parkview Chalets

4, 5 & 6 berth
3-6 May 2019£175pp
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Lakeview Chalets

4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 berth
3-6 May 2019£179pp
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Lakeside Chalets

4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 berth
3-6 May 2019£185pp
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Accommodation prices are per person (£ Inc VAT) for 3 nights accommodation and include ESF Events wristbands and Butlin’s entertainment passes.

Dining plans

Infant 0-1 years

Food CourtFree
Premium RestaurantsFree

Toddler 2-5 years

Food Court£15.75
Premium Restaurants£20.85

Child 6-14 years

Food Court£31.50
Premium Restaurants£41.85

Adult 15 years +

Food Court£62.25
Premium Restaurants£83.25

Half Board Dining Plan prices are per person for the weekend and include evening meal on Friday, breakfast and evening meal on Saturday and Sunday, and breakfast on Monday. The meal times are scheduled so they don’t clash with your fixtures and you’ll save 20% by booking in advance compared to the on Resort cost.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please refer to the Terms & Conditions of booking. Click here.
  • All members of your party (players, coaches, parents, supporters etc) must book their accommodation through ESF Events Ltd.
  • Accommodation Prices are per person (Inc. VAT) for 3 nights accommodation.
  • Accommodation grades and sizes of unit listed above are subject to availability.
  • Additional grades of accommodation may be available.
  • Accommodation upgrade options, such as sea views, balconies and patios may be available for an additional charge.
  • Full under-occupancy charges apply if the minimum occupancy is not reached. i.e. if 3 guests book a 4 berth unit of accommodation, they will have to pay for 4 guests.
  • *A moderate charge may apply to some facilities.

Call 01664 566360 to Book Now or click here to email us

ESF Score Centre

View fixtures, schedules and results from the Tigers Challenge on the ESF Score Centre.

Request a Brochure

Complete a brochure request form and we’ll send you a free copy of the Tigers Challenge brochure.

Celebrity Presentations

With dramatic sound and lighting effects, our spectacular presentation ceremonies are the highlight of the of the tour for many of our teams.