Less than a week to go until the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visits Loughborough

Published: Tue 5th July, 2022

  • Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay

The final countdown until the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Loughborough is on!

Charnwood Borough Council is inviting residents to line the Baton’s route through Queen’s Park and Market Place on Monday July 11.

The afternoon is set to be a fantastic occasion with plenty of activities and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy while they show their support for the Commonwealth Games.

During its visit to the town centre, the Baton will start at Queen’s Park and make a quick stop at the Carillon Tower before heading to the Market Place for a celebration event.

The stage and big screen in Market Place will host live music and entertainment from 1pm. There will also be free children’s craft activities and face painting throughout the afternoon.

A number of market stalls and children’s fairground rides will be in the town centre to showcase Loughborough’s Markets and Fair Royal Charter.

Free sports activities, children’s games and live music in the bandstand will take place in Queen’s Park between 12-3pm.

The Baton is scheduled to arrive in Queen’s Park and Market Place between 1.30-2.30pm but people are advised to check the Council’s website for more details including the Baton route and proposed timings.

A map showing the Baton’s route can be downloaded from the Council’s website from www.charnwood.gov.uk/map

Residents are also invited to visit Loughborough University’s campus where the Baton will officially start its Loughborough journey at around 1pm before it travels by vehicle to Queen’s Park.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council's lead member for Loughborough said: “There isn’t long to go now until Loughborough has the honour of welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay and its inspirational Batonbearers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the town which is known for its sporting excellence. I hope residents have put the date in their diaries and will join us for what is certainly going to be a wonderful afternoon of celebrations.”

For more information about the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Loughborough, visit the Council’s website: www.charnwood.gov.uk/QBR    

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping 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.

The relay in England was kicked off on Thursday 2 June when the Baton spent four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The Baton resumed the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to start a 25-day tour of the regions.

Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England. Batonbearers were nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community and being an inspiration to others.

For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr