National Rugby Festival
Welcome to the 37th St Joseph’s College National Schools Rugby Festival.
Day 1 Live Stream
St Joseph’s College National Schools Rugby Festival 2023, Day 1,Pitch 1,
St Joseph’s College National Schools Rugby Festival 2023, Day 1,Pitch 2,
Tickets can be bought on the gate on each of the two Festival days:
£10 per car or £15 for both days (booking for two days includes a Festival programme)
£1 per person, group entry includes a Festival programme
We also offer our VIP Tickets which includes an exclusive dining experience overlooking the rugby pitches.
We invite you to join us in the new and exclusive VIP marquee, placed in prime position at the side of Pitch 1.
Come and enjoy the luxury of breakfast, a wonderful three-course lunch, a private bar and table service throughout the day. You can stay there all day with allocated seating or come in to refuel then head back out to watch the pinnacle of school boy rugby.
Special guest appearances, meet and greets, plus a Q&A session each day. Guests to be announced closer to the time. Fully heated inside for ultimate comfort plus an enclosed outdoor seating area to watch the match and get in on the action. With livestreaming of the matches on screens inside, it is definitely a luxurious way to enjoy the Festival.
Early Bird tickets are £79 per person, standard tickets are £99 per person.
Travelling to St Joseph’s
Conveniently located just one mile from Ipswich Railway Station, the College and all its facilities sit within 60 acres of beautiful, spacious parkland.
Close to the A12 and A14, St Joseph’s College serves commuters well. It is an hour away from London and Cambridge by train, and with Heathrow Airport just two hours away by car, it is ideally suited for international families.
With a network of St Joseph’s College’s minibus servicing Essex and Suffolk as well as a daily shuttle service to and from the train station, everything is done to ensure a student’s journey to school is as easy as possible.
Can I bring dogs?
Unfortunately, as St Joseph’s College is a school, safety is of the utmost importance and whilst we are sure you will clear up after your precious pooches, it takes just one to make it unsafe for pupils.
Can I park on site?
We do have an onsite car park, it’s £10 per car or £15 for both days (booking for two days includes a Festival programme) and this can be paid on the day via the Goldrood entrance on Belstead Road.
Can I get food at the event?
We will be hosting a range of street food suppliers, all serving a variety of delicious options, such as Mac Street Kitchen, Suffolk Spice Kitchen, WoknRoll, Hadleigh Real Thai, Combat2Coffee, Jerk Chicken, Fish&Chips and more!
The Festival’s history
The St Joseph’s College National Schools Rugby Festival was started in 1986 to commemorate the school’s Golden Jubilee. Schools invited to take part come from both the state and independent sectors. The Festival has had no shortage of top quality players gracing the turf; some went professional, others not, some have long since retired, while others are just at the start of a life in rugby.
Millfield has had a number of star players show off their skills at the Festival, from former England captain Chris Robshaw, to Anthony Allen and Mako Vunipola, a British and Irish Lion, no less. Former England full back Olly Morgan won Player of the Tournament award in 2003, while England and Bath star Jonathan Joseph won it in 2008.