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Queens Baton Relay - Thursday 21 July

Published on Tuesday, 12th July 2022

The historic Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay is set to pass through North Warwickshire as part of its epic journey to all corners of the Commonwealth.

The Relay began on 7 October 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.

The Baton is on a 294-day long tour across the Commonwealth, which includes a journey across 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.

When will the baton arrive in North Warwickshire?

North Warwickshire will officially welcome the baton on Thursday 21 July 2022 

Starting it's journey in North Warwickshire on the 21st July at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Heath Training Ground the baton will then visit Kingsbury Water Park before dropping into Atherstone for the traditional relay along Long Street and Witherley Road before finishing its time in the borough at a sports festival at The Queen Elizabeth Academy.


14 Batonbearers will carry The Queen's Baton Relay as it makes its journey through North Warwickshire.

Batonbearers are people who:

  • are always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story
  • have made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity
  • are a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best
  • have taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community

North Warwickshire Borough Council nominated Baton Bearer Nivette Chester said, "Being a Batonbearer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am humbled by the nomination and look forward to proudly carrying the baton and being part of the Commonwealth Games 2022."


  • Aston Villa Training Groud - 8am
  • Kingsbury Water Park - 8:25am
  • Atherstone - Long Street and Witherley Road - 9:30am
  • The Queen Elizabeth Academy - 10am 

Sandra Young from Tamworth Sailing Club said, "Tamworth Sailing Club is very excited that the Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Kingsbury Water park and will be on the water in one of our sailboats.

We’re using a Bahia sailboat on the big day. This is one of our training fleet boats. We have three Bahias and five other boats at the club that we use for training young people and adults new to sailing. We’ve just had a group of students complete our RYA Level One and Two courses that used this boat. Tamworth Sailing Club is an accredited RYA Training Centre. We offer training to juniors from the age of eight and adults. We invite juniors who are interested in sailing to contact the club for a taster or further information."

Road closures

Long Street from the Memorial Hall to the Blue Boar Witherley Road will be CLOSED from 8:30am - 11:30am at the latest.

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 thrill of Birmingham 2022 in their community.

The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route.