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The Commonwealth Games comes to Birmingham this summer

Queen's Baton Bearers Running In Samoa

Birmingham 2022 will see the best athletes from 72 nations and territories in the Commonwealth competing in a range of sports from swimming to bowls.

If you’ve not been lucky enough to get your hands on tickets to watch the events in person you can still get a piece of the action.

See the Queen’s Baton Relay!

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 Baton has already begun its epic journey across the Commonwealth, where it will have visited Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

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 (full route through the host city will be announced in due course)

Further details of events and where to line the route to be announced over coming weeks on the Birmingham 2022 website. www.birmingham2022.com/qbr

Line the Games event route!

The routes of some events such as cycling, marathon and triathlon will be spreading out across the Midlands – so although you need tickets for the start and finish points of the races (except the marathon) spectators are welcome to stand along the routes and watch the action for free.

Road Cycling Time Trial Thursday 4 August – West Park, Wolverhampton will be the start and finish point for one of cycling’s toughest events, a race against the clock. The time trial will see more than 90 cyclists competing in the men’s and women’s competitions. It will take the cyclists through Dudley, passing the town’s famous castle and zoo, into Staffordshire, then back to Wolverhampton.

Marathon Saturday 30 July – Smithfield to Victoria Square, Birmingham. The men’s marathon, women’s marathon and the men’s and women’s T53/T54 events are all taking place on the same course which will start at Smithfield, Birmingham. Competitors will cross the finish line at Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre, for the gruelling 26.2 mile event.

Cycling Road Race Sunday August 7 – St Nicholas Park, Warwick. The Cycling Road Race, which starts and finishes at St Nicholas Park, will see the riders cycling past the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick town centre, as well as Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa, the venue for the Birmingham 2022 lawn bowls and para lawn bowls competition. The Road Race will see the women complete seven laps of a 16km course, whilst the men will complete ten laps. The final part of the course will cross the River Avon, where the cyclists will see Warwick Castle.

Triathlon and Para Triathlon Friday 29 and Sunday 31 July – Sutton Park, Birmingham. Triathlon requires its competitors to become masters of three very different endurance disciplines. The race begins with an open water swim and transitions into a cycle ride, before finishing with a lung busting run to the end. The Triathlon and Para Triathlon (for athletes with a visual impairment – PTVI) events will take place within Sutton Park and on the local roads to the south of the park, in and around Boldmere High Street.

To see the routes of all these events plus more information visit www.birmingham2022.com

Watch the games on a big screen!

Official Festival Sites are the perfect opportunity for everyone to be part of the Games, even if you don’t have a ticket! You’ll find two major Festival Sites in Birmingham City Centre throughout the Games. The first will be in Victoria Square (27 July – 8 August) and the second at Smithfield (29 July – 7 August) alongside the Beach Volleyball, Basketball 3X3 and Wheelchair Basketball 3X3 events. Across Birmingham look out for seven Neighbourhood Sites which will be installed across local parks and community spaces where residents can enjoy Commonwealth sports on a big screen, live artist performances, food, drink and a joyful atmosphere.

Other ways to get into the Games spirit:

Watch it from the comfort of your arm chair on TV!

Run your own Commonwealth Games inspired activities in your back garden!

Cook-up a Commonwealth Games inspired recipe from one of the countries attending!

Look out for Commonwealth Games themed events locally.

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