Warrington town centre will come alive with activity and celebration as part of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC), which the town is a host venue for.

There will be a range of events throughout Warrington in October and November, which will coincide with the arrival of the Papua New Guinea Men’s team and the Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) tournament, as well as the four games that will be held at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

From culture to sports and kids activities, there will be something for everyone, to get into the spirit of RLWC2021 and celebrate the role Warrington is playing in the tournament.

Here are ten things you can do with your friends and family:

1.  Birds of Paradise Art Trail, Warrington town centre – now until Sunday 19 November

To welcome the Papua New Guinea men’s team, an art trail around the town centre has been created, displaying the Raggiana Bird of Paradise which features on Papua New Guinea’s flag. Five artists have been commissioned to work with community groups to design a Bird of Paradise, which have been turned into large scale pieces of art in different locations across the town.

Birds of Paradise Mural

2. RLWC student exhibition, Warrington Market – Friday 30 September to Saturday 19 November

Students from Priestley College and Warrington & Vale Royal College have come together for a joint exhibition to celebrate this year’s Rugby League World Cup, with artworks including painting, drawing, mixed media and collage.

Student's artwork

3. Papua New Guinea Community Welcome Event - Wednesday 12 October

Warrington will formally welcome the PNG Team into our community with a welcome event at the Halliwell Jones Stadium from 5.45pm, where residents are encouraged to come along and give the PNG “Kumuls” a warm welcome to our town. The event will feature music and other performances from groups in the town as well as introducing the PNG team individually. The event is free but booking online is required.

You can also pop back to Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday 4 November for their Fireworks Display. Keep an eye on the Warrington Wolves website for more information which will be released shortly.

Papua New Guinea Team

4. Catch a game at the Golden Square fanzone, from Saturday 15 October

All RLWC games will be broadcast at Old Market Square throughout the tournament. Why not grab some food and settle down to spectate?

Golden Square Fanzone

5. Take part in the Time Square opening weekend activities - Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October

There’s also a family fun activity weekend across 15 and 16 October at Time Square, outside Warrington Market, including arcade-inspired outdoor games, arts and crafts and a dance and theatre performance featuring a 13-foot puppet which will wander the town centre between Time Square and Golden Square.

RLWC Opening Weekend

6. Experience the first ever Physical Disability World Cup at Victoria Park, from Sunday 23 October

You can watch the group games of the PDRL World Cup for free at Victoria Park. The PDRL World Cup kicks off with Australia v England and New Zealand v Wales at Victoria Park on Sunday 23 October. The following group stage matches will be on Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 October.

PDRL Fixtures

7. Take His Legs Screening - Monday 24 October

A screening of the Adam Hills documentary ‘Take His Legs’ will take place at Cineworld on Monday 24 October from 6.30pm. The event is a night to celebrate the success of the PDRL rugby community and the first ever PDRL world cup being hosted in Warrington. The event is free but ticketed, visit the RLWC webpage for details on how to book soon.

The event will be hosted by Adam Hills himself and attended by the four teams taking part in this year’s PDRL World Cup, who will also take part in a Q&A open up to the audience before the screening.

Take His Legs

8. TRY Sports Day, Time Square during half term on Saturday 29 October

A range of activities will take place at Time Square, including tennis, roller skating, a rowing challenge and inflatables from Warrington Youth Zone. There will be entertainment throughout the day and there will also be people to talk about careers in sport.

TRY Sports Day

9. Visit your local library throughout October and November

There’s a huge programme of RLWC-themed activities across LiveWire’s libraries, throughout the tournament. Whether that’s poetry workshops, reading group taster sessions, 3D printing, family quizzes or PNG-themed music sessions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

There’s also a screening of Ref! – the story of Julia Lee, the first woman to referee a men’s rugby league game, with a Q&A with Julia herself, on Friday 11 November, 7pm, at Stockton Heath Library.

Ref! Poster

10. And finally… buy a ticket for a game

Finally, but most importantly, if you haven’t yet, why not make the most of having international sport on your doorstep and buy a ticket to one of the matches at the Halliwell Jones Stadium? The tournament will create lasting memories for everyone involved and the atmosphere at the matches will be beyond compare. With ticket availability dwindling, don’t miss the chance to witness first-hand the world class RLWC spectacle!

Halliwell Jones Stadium

Cllr Tony Higgins, cabinet member for cabinet member for leisure and community, said: “The build up to this year’s Rugby League World Cup is really getting underway now, so I’m delighted that communities will be able to come together and take part in the exciting programme of events in Warrington. 

“These events are helping to generate even more excitement for RLWC2021, and it’s fantastic to see local people get involved in the spirit of the tournament and celebrate Warrington being a host town.”

To find out more about the Rugby League World Cup in Warrington, visit: https://www.warrington.gov.uk/rugby-league-world-cup-2021


Birds of Paradise Art Trail
Art Installation
Birds of Paradise Art Trail

To welcome the Papua New Guinea men’s team, an art trail around the town centre has been created, displaying the Raggiana Bird of Paradise which features on Papua New Guinea’s flag

RLWC Student Exhibition
Art Installation
Artwork at the RLWC Student Exhibition

For the first time, students from Priestley College and Warrington Royal Vale College will be coming together for a joint exhibition to celebrate this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

RLWC Opening Weekend
RLWC Trophies

England’s opening game in Newcastle will be screened at the fanzone in Golden Square. During this weekend there will also be a series of family friendly activities taking place in the town for those wanting to bring the family and make a day of it.

RLWC - Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) Showcase
Sporting Event
RLWC - Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) Showcase

Warrington is proud to host the first ever Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) showcase in October this year, as part of the world cup.

'Take His Legs' Screening
Adam Hills at the PDRL Comedy and Curry Fundraiser. Credit Joe Richardson, Warrington Wolves

Take His Legs was recorded as a one-off special following comedian Adam Hills on his journey to achieve his boyhood dream of playing competitive rugby league.  The documentary charts the story of the birth of Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) in the UK, and the rise of the Warrington Wolves PDRL team, from open trial, to World Champions in just six months.

TRY Sports Day
Sporting Event
RLWC Trophies

A day to encourage community fitness and engagement with Sport! We welcome the community of all ages and abilities to attend our ‘TRY’ sports day on Saturday 29 October between 10am and 4pm at Warrington’s Time Square.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 in Warrington
Sporting Event
Men playing rugby league

Warrington is welcoming the world for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with four fixtures at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this October and November.



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