- LV= Rugby Festival to take place in Princesshay Gardens, Exeter City Centre
- Activities available for all the family
Photo: Exeter Council
Next week's LV= Cup final promises to be much more than just a mouthwatering clash between two of the country's best sides – Exeter, the hosts for this season’s final, will be also be hosting a festival of rugby spanning the whole weekend.
Sandy Park is the venue for the LV= Cup final on Sunday, March 16, with Northampton Saints, Saracens, Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs all vying for their place in the showpiece.
But the city opens its doors to rugby fans way before a ball is kicked or a tackle is made on the pitch.
On Saturday, a big screen in Princesshay Square will show England's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy live while between 12pm and 4pm, a number of family-orientated activities will take place.
Overseen by the expert eyes of some Exeter Chiefs stars, passing drills will also give youngsters the chance to test their skills.
Can really feel the excitement – Claire Jeromson, LV=
Face painting, a live band and a chance to take part in some fun interactive photography will keep visitors of all ages entertained as the big kick-off draws closer.
The festivities will then continue into Sunday, the day of the LV= Cup final, with doors at Sandy Park opening at 1pm, but the West County is already buzzing.
"You can really feel the excitement surrounding this event," said Claire Jeromson, Head of Sponsorship at LV=.
"The rugby festival in Exeter city centre will give the weekend a big-event feel. Obviously the match is on Sunday, but the activity on Saturday will be a great way to kick off a big weekend in Exeter.
"The location is perfect, and we've had great support from the RFU and Premiership Rugby to get this event off the ground. We're looking to get as many junior rugby clubs as possible down from the region as well to have the chance to meet some local rugby stars who can pass on some tips.
"The fun then stretches into Sunday, with doors at Sandy Park opening at 1pm and then the final kicking-off at 3pm, so there's plenty going on and we'd urge everyone to head down early and have a great time."
For Sandy Park it also offers the chance to prove its credentials ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Sandy Park is one of 13 venues that will play host to the world's best next year and will hold three pool stage matches.
"It's a fantastic venue, as it’s proven by being picked to host World Cup games next year," added Jeromson.
Be part of the rugby family at the LV= Cup final at Sandy Park, Exeter on March 16. Tickets now available from the finalist clubs.