Queen's Baton Relay

Find out where and when the Queen's Baton will be along our waterways, so you can catch a glimpse.

Artist Laura Nyahuye holds the CWG Queen's Baton Artist Laura Nyahuye holds the CWG Queen's Baton

The Queen's Baton will soon begin its 25-day tour of England before ending in Birmingham, the home of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Please note that whilst the dates and locations below are confirmed, all associated activities are subject to change.

Wales & South West

Devizes and Gloucester

Tuesday 5 July - Devizes: The Baton team will arrive at 8am at Devizes Market place, with a Batonbearer taking the Baton over to Devizes Wharf on a Wadsworth Dray. Here, one of our volunteers will become the Batonbearer on the Avon Vale Trust boat from the Wharf to the top lock of the Caen Hill flight.

The Queen's Baton will take a short trip down to lock 50 and continue down the flight as far as lock 42, involving further Batonbearers.

This stretch will take approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Members of the public are encouraged to come along and watch with spectating opportunities provided from the Market Place or the town bridge to the Caen Hill Lock Café (near lock 42).

Tuesday 5 July - Gloucester: The Baton team will arrive in Gloucester at approximately 5pm, and will go to the pontoon on the college side of Llanthony Bridge, passing under the bridge and round to the landing pontoon on the Barge Arm. They will be accompanied by a flotilla of Trust canoes, including those from Discover Paddling and Gloucester Boat Hire.

From there, it will be relayed to Southgate Street, The Cross, Westgate Street, The Cathedral and end up in King’s Square.

Gloucester Docks Gloucester Docks

East Midlands

Nottingham

Sunday 10 July - Nottingham: The Baton will be transported via canoe on the Nottingham & Beeston Canal between Jury’s Inn and Castle Wharf. Joining the route here will be a flotilla of canoes and paddleboards, crewed by our volunteers and wellbeing participants and partners.

Yorkshire & North East

Leeds and Stockton-on-Tees

Tuesday 12 July - Leeds: The Queen's Baton will be doing a lap of Leeds Dock before heading to Millennium Square. We will be running a flag-making workshop in the build up to the event, as well as Let’s Walk activities. 

Thursday 14 July - Stockton-on-Tees: The Queen's Baton will arrive on a speedboat from the IWWC, travel past the Infinity Bridge, and finish at the River Tees Watersports Centre. Here, there will be a schools-focused celebration event.

Leeds Docks Leeds Docks

North West

Anderton Boat Lift

Sunday 17 July: When the Queen's Baton arrives at the Anderton Boat Lift, it will complete a tour of the grounds before making its way onto one of our newly refurbished workboats at the top of The Lift.

It will then take a short journey up the River Weaver before completing a tour of Northwich.

We will be holding a number of events around Anderton for visitors.

A large black steel structure straddles the canal, for lifting boats from one level to another The Anderton Boat Lift, in all its Victorian majesty

West Midlands

Monday 18 July - Harecastle, Kidsgrove, Newcastle-Under-Lyme: The Queen's Baton will take a 15 minute route along the canal by narrowboat. Happening nearby, there will be a range of activities that showcase local communities.

Tuesday 19 July – Rudyard Lake

Friday 22 July – Worcester: A short section up and across the river from the River Severn Worcester Ings Boathouse to the Swan Sanctuary will happen at around 5.50pm. Plans to transport the Queen’s Baton on a dragon boat, accompanied by a flotilla of vessels, will create a dramatic and colourful spectacle.

Sunday 24 July – The Waterfront, Merry Hill / Red House Glass Cone

Monday 25 July – Galton Valley, Smethwick 

Tuesday 26 July – Grand Union / Knowle Locks: A 25 minute trip down the canal will see the Baton exit the water by the famous Boat Inn. Themed on past:present, a narrowboat will be pulled by a horse, followed by one of our electric work boats.

Wednesday 27 July – Birmingham City Centre: A spectacular procession will happen through the heart of Birmingham's historic canals.

Two friends on the towpath Two friends on the towpath

Last date edited: 4 July 2022