The Rhinos Challenge at Butlin’s, Skegness

2018 was a record breaking year, with 170 teams and over 6000 people joining us for the Rhinos Challenge at Butlin’s Skegness. There’s nowhere better to take your team for an unforgettable weekend of Rugby League and Fun!

The Ultimate Rugby League Tour

U7-U15 teams from all over the UK will make the annual pilgrimage to Butlin's award winning resort in Skegness once again in 2019 for the Rhinos Challenge. The weekend is packed with Rugby League action, both on and off the field, fantastic touring activities at Butlin’s, and a spectacular celebrity presentation ceremony to close the festival.

The festival itself is staged at Wainfleet Road Sports Ground, Skegness Academy & Grammar School in Skegness and Butlin's Sports Field. All venues are less than 3 miles from Butlin's. Please note that festival venues are subject to change.

All teams are accommodated at Butlin’s resort in Skegness for the duration of the festival. It’s the perfect base for an action packed tour. After an exciting day at the pitches, Butlins has a huge variety of sports and leisure facilities, superb evening entertainment venues and great places to eat and drink.

There’s the £15million sub tropical Splash Waterworld with flumes, wave machines and daredevil rides, the Funfair with free rides, the Multi-Sports Court with football and basketball courts, Aerial Rope Course with climbing wall and zip wire, Go Kart Track, Adventure Golf, Ten Pin Bowling, onsite Cinema and much more*. There’s even a Health Spa for all the mums on tour!

When the sun goes down, a buzz of excitement goes around Butlin’s resort. Some of the UK’s most talented performers appear in the premier entertainment venues. With live shows, tribute acts, discos and live bands, your team can enjoy the hottest entertainment every night…all included in the price!

There’s a great range of quality accommodation on resort. 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 a bathroom, the apartments are fully equipped with everything you could need on tour.

Butlin's half board meal packages are always an extremely popular option for teams on tour. Half board includes a full English breakfast and a 3 course evening meal. 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 young rugby players!

Don’t forget, included with your accommodation booking are all costs associated with staging the festival. Also included are full entertainment passes, which give you free entry to the premier evening entertainment venues, Splash Waterworld with flumes, rides and slides, and entry to the onsite Funfair with free rides.

So, if you’re looking for the ultimate rugby league touring experience for your players, families and supporters, then look no further - it doesn’t get any better than the Rhinos Challenge at Butlin's Skegness.

Dates, age groups and registration fees

Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019
U7: 5-a-side (RFL Primary Rules)
U8: 6-a-side (RFL Primary Rules)
U9: 7-a-side (RFL Primary Rules)
U10 - U15 teams: 9-a-side
U12 & U14 Girls teams: 9-a-side
Team registration fee:
There are no team entry fees to the Rhinos 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 & 4 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£89pp
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Silver Room

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£99pp
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Standard Apartment

4 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£105pp
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Silver Apartment

5 & 6 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£115pp
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New Style Silver Apartment

4 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£119pp
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Gold Apartment

5 & 6 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£125pp
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Fairground Apartments

4 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£125pp
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Seaside Apartments

4 berth
Fri 17 – Mon 20 May 2019£129pp
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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.
  • 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.
  • Additional grades of accommodation may be available.
  • *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 Rhinos Challenge on the ESF Score Centre.

Celebrity Presentations

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

Request a brochure

Complete a brochure request form and we’ll send you a free copy of the Rhinos Challenge 2019 Brochure.