Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has unveiled the highly-anticipated route that the Queen’s Baton Relay will take through England this summer.
Transported via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen’s Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles. From high-spirited cities and historic market towns, to rolling countryside and rugged coastline, the Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay. A symbolic journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth, during the lead up of the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the buzz and excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of unmissable sport nears ever closer.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton will spend five days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend, celebrating The Queen’s 70th year as Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth.
The Baton will then resume the international journey, visiting the Falkland Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, before touring home nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
On Monday 4 July, it returns to England to commence a 25-day tour of the regions with activities and notable visits throughout. To name a few, the Baton begins its journey with a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall on the 4 July. It will explore Nottingham Castle caves on 10 July, will speed down a zip wire in the Lake District on 16 July, and will finish with a visit to Aston Hall on 28 July, the day of the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022.
The England leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay, proudly partnered with Longines, also serves as a reminder of the UK’s reputation as a world leader in major sporting events, with visits to Belle Vue Sports Village, one of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games legacy venues, as well as iconic venues from London 2012 across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
From sports days with local schools, to community festivals, people will be able to experience the Baton in many ways. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will provide information on the events and where to line the route.
Each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, Batonbearers in their thousands will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England. Those nominated will be recognised for their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity. Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will carry the Baton each day, and the Relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its tour around the country.
Communities that will be visited include:
Thursday 2 June – Monday 6 June
Monday 4 July (South West)
St Austell, Plymouth, Exeter, Portland & Weymouth, Poole, and Bournemouth
Tuesday 5 July (South West)
Devizes, Bath, Bristol, Easter Compton, Hereford, Gloucester, and Cheltenham
Wednesday 6 July (South East)
Stoke Mandeville, Maidenhead, Eton & Windsor, Aldershot, Winchester, Hambledon, Southampton, and Portsmouth
Thursday 7 July (South East)
Guildford, Tonbridge, Canterbury, Folkestone, Deal, and Dover
Friday 8 July (East of England)
Gravesend, Tilbury, Basildon, Southend-on-Sea, Maldon, Waltham Cross, Luton and Hemel Hempstead
Saturday 9 July (East of England)
King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Bury St Edmunds, Hinxton, and Cambridge
Sunday 10 July (East Midlands)
Northampton, Corby, Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln
Monday 11 July (East Midlands)
Skegness, Boston, Grantham, Loughborough, Derby, Bakewell, Matlock, and Buxton
Tuesday 12 July (Yorkshire & The Humber)
Sheffield, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Bradford, and Leeds
Wednesday 13 July (Yorkshire & The Humber)
Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, York, Malton, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay, and Whitby
Thursday 14 July (North East)
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Durham, Seaham, and Sunderland
Friday 15 July (North East)
South Shields, Whitley Bay, Blyth, Alnwick, Gateshead, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Saturday 16 July (North West)
Carlisle, Lake District, Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Darwen, and Bolton
Sunday 17 July (North West)
Salford, Manchester, Stockport, Northwich, Wigan, and Knowsley
”The Queen’s Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth.Ian ReidChief Executive - Birmingham 2022
The final countdown to the Opening Ceremony will see the Baton spend 11 days travelling through the host region of the West Midlands, visiting:
Monday 18 July
Liverpool, Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, and Shrewsbury
Tuesday 19 July
Ironbridge, Telford, Newport, Lilleshall, Stafford, Stone, Rudyard, and Leek
Wednesday 20 July
Uttoxeter, Burton upon Trent, Lichfield, Burntwood, Chasewater, and Tamworth
Thursday 21 July
Bodymoor Heath, Atherstone, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby, and Coventry
Friday 22 July
Kenilworth, Whitnash, Warwick, Gaydon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn, Malvern, and Worcester
Saturday 23 July
Redditch, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Codsall, Rugeley, Hednesford, Cannock, and Walsall
Sunday 24 July
Wolverhampton, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Dudley, Brierley Hill
Monday 25 July
Oldbury, Wednesbury, Tipton, Cradley Heath, Rowley Regis, Blackheath, Bearwood, Smethwick, and West Bromwich
Tuesday 26 July
Castle Bromwich, Fordbridge, Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green, Hampton in Arden, Meriden, Berkswell, Balsall Common, Knowle, Dorridge, Cheswick Green, Hockley Heath, Dickens Heath, Shirley, and Solihull
Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 July
Birmingham. The full route through the host city will be announced in due course.
Ian Reid, Chief Executive of Birmingham 2022, said: “Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth, we have worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sport venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the Queen’s Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth, celebrates Batonbearers who take on challenges, and marks the countdown to the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it. We hope that communities across the country join the excitement, attend events near them, line the streets to cheer on our incredible Batonbearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”
Commonwealth Games Federation President, Dame Louise Martin, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28.”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Nigel Huddleston, said: “The 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is coming home. Travelling the length and breadth of England, the Baton will bring the excitement of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to every region of the country. The Relay marks the final countdown to the biggest sporting event to be held in the UK since London 2012, and I hope people come together and line their streets to celebrate this historic moment.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “I’m pleased to hear that the Queen’s Baton Relay route across England has now been revealed as it makes its way towards Birmingham on an epic 72-nation and territory journey across the Commonwealth. The final leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay enables communities the length and breadth of England to experience the excitement around Birmingham 2022 before the Baton lands in Birmingham to take centre stage at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28th.
“What’s also very special is the role played by thousands of Batonbearers – each with inspiring backgrounds – who will carry the Baton on its journey through England after being put forward as a result of their contribution to their local communities. I congratulate all of them and look forward to seeing them in action along the route.”
Throughout May, the Queen’s Baton Relay continues its journey through the Caribbean and the Americas, including visits to St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda and Canada.