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An Exeter Rugby Weekender

This weekend (Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July) sees the final leg of Rugby Europe 2016 Grand Prix 7s series return to Sandy Park, Exeter, bringing together Europe's top 12 countries for two days of thrilling on-field action. Following on from 2015 when thousands of spectators packed Sandy Park for the stadium’s first Rugby Europe 7s, this year’s event is set to be even bigger and better, with more rugby and entertainment on offer.

The rugby themed action kicks off on Friday 8th July, as Exeter Spirit and England Rugby descend on Princesshay Exeter for a full day of activities and opportunities to get involved, featuring an Inflatable Passing Cage, and the Triball Throwing Challenge! From 6.30pm, the Wild West Real Ale & Cider Festival provides some proper Westcountry hospitality and live music at Sandy Park itself.

The main action starts at 11.30am on both Saturday and Sunday, with Rugby 7s games throughout the day and into the evening. The Real Ale & Cider Festival will run throughout the weekend, along with family fun and more live music on Saturday evening, with Exeter bands Big Foot and Stillyano.

Make a weekend of it and book into one of Exeter's many hotels or B&Bs, or why not extend your stay in Devon in one of many nearby self-catering establishments or holiday parks. Check out some special offers over the weekend.

In between rugby games, take the opportunity to explore some of the historic city of Exeter. Here are some suggestions of other activities to enjoy over the weekend...

Enjoy a firExeter Regattast class line-up of top stand-up comedians at the Exeter Comedy Club on Friday night.

Visit Exeter's Quayside on Saturday morning to catch the annual Exeter Rowing Regatta, one of the city's most historic sporting events. Sit down with a morning coffee at one of the waterside cafes and catch some of the action from 10am.

Scale the lofty heights of Exeter Cathedral for a bird's eye view of the city, with a special roof tour on Saturday 9th July at 10.30am. Click here for more information and to book.


Visit Exeter's Underground Passages for a tour beneath the city's streets - a unique experience not for the claustrophobic! Open from 9.30am on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday, with regular guided tours throughout the day.The Well House, Cathedral Yard

End the day with a visit to Exeter's pubs and bars - the city's compact size makes for a relaxing evening out, with numerous watering holes to be found in beautiful surroundings, such as the cobbled Gandy Street and Cathedral Yard.

Exeter also has a great choice of eateries, whether you just want a casual pub dinner, fine dining or culinary delights from around the world. Visit our eating out pages to find out more. 

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