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Sandwell ready to welcome Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday

Published 22nd July 2022

Queen's Baton Relay graphic with image of Batonbearer and list of six town on Baton route.

Excitement is building as Sandwell prepares to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday 25 July. People are urged to check the full list of activities and celebration events – more have been added.

Sandwell is one of only a few areas in the country to have the privilege of hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay for a full day.

Watch as more than 100 inspirational Batonbearers carry the Baton across Sandwell’s six towns. Find out more about where you can watch the Queen’s Baton Relay pass through Sandwell (the text takes you to a web link).

Book a free ticket for one of six special Queen’s Baton Relay celebration events. These main events are at Sandwell Council House (Oldbury), Brunswick Park (Wednesbury), Victoria Park (Tipton), Haden Hill House in Cradley Heath (Rowley Regis), Lightwoods House in Bearwood (Smethwick) and Sandwell Valley (West Bromwich). Each event has a unique feel with a range of activities and entertainment. Full details are provided below.

People can also cheer on Batonbearers on streets along the route and at short celebration stops in Wednesbury town centre (by the bus station), by Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick and in West Bromwich town centre (corner of Bull Street and High Street).

People are encouraged to attend events on foot or by public transport wherever possible. People planning to travel on the roads on Monday are urged to check out temporary road closures that will be in operation in specific areas as the Baton makes its way across Sandwell. The council will reopen affected roads as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Find out more details about events, free tickets for the six main events, route maps for each town and road information (the text takes you to a web link).

There are no changes to Monday’s bin collections but the Wednesbury area may have a later collection than usual as the Baton visits there during the morning.

Councillor Laura Rollins, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “I can’t wait for us to join together to mark the arrival of the Queen’s Relay Baton, to connect our communities through the inspirational stories and achievements of our Batonbearers and performers, and to give the Baton a big Sandwell welcome.

“You can still book your free tickets for the six main celebration events and I would like to thank everyone who’s taking part on Monday. We have some wonderful activities and entertainment lined up and community groups and services have come forward to add even more to these events and that’s fantastic.

“The Baton’s journey through the borough will inspire hope, cohesion and teamwork – that’s a great legacy in itself before the Games get under way later in the week.”

Full details of events:

The special free events in the six towns are:

Sandwell Council House, Oldbury: Event: 7am – 9am (Queen’s Baton Oldbury Relay Leg: 8am – 8.32am*)
The Queen’s Baton Relay special events will kick off bright and early at Sandwell Council House with a launch celebration for all ages.
Join us to grab a picture with Perry – the official Birmingham 2022 mascot. Sandwell Libraries will be putting on Commonwealth Games storytelling and craft activities and you can grab some breakfast from the Bostin Butties breakfast stall. Be sure to follow our Alice in Wonderland Trail while you’re in town!
The Baton itself will be in Oldbury from 8am to 8.32am, starting its journey in Simpson Street and making its way via Century Road to our event outside Sandwell Council House.

Brunswick Park, Wednesbury: Event: 8.30am – 11am (Queen’s Baton Wednesbury Relay Leg: 9.24am – 10.07am*)
Good morning Wednesbury! The Queen’s Baton Relay will stop at Brunswick Park, welcomed by community groups and performances from children and young people.
The event includes a family theatre production of Pirates Dowen The Cut by Showtime Community Productions CIO, a local group which encourages four to 94-year-olds to perform. 
Multistory also have a stall and will showcase local singers and actors.
You can also meet Perry – the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot. And check out our outdoor exhibition from our Young Photographer of the Year Bostin Green Spaces competition and free crafts provided by the outreach team from Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery.
Cheer on inspirational Batonbearers as they enter the park and loop their way around the event before appearing on stage. The event ends with awards to local volunteers and organisations.
The Baton itself will be in Wednesbury from 9.24am to 10.07am, starting its journey in the town centre and making its way to the park via High Bullen and Brunswick Park Road.

Victoria Park, Tipton: Event: 10am – 2pm (Queen’s Baton Tipton Relay Leg: 11.02am – 11.39am*)
On your marks, get set, go! Victoria Park will host a celebration of Sandwell sports with local groups providing free family activities. Activities include: Tipton Harriers doing run, jump and throw activities, ‘have a go’ at cheerleading and gymnastics hosted by Timestep Dance and table tennis with Sandwell Leisure Trust.
Sport 4 Kids will be teaching families how to play traditional games from the Commonwealth, Midrange Netball Club will be showcasing the sport for adults and juniors and we have dance performances from Unique Dance Company.
Check out traditional sports to enhance people’s everyday life skills provided by Sporting Spirit, disability activation sport activities provided by Sandwell Disability and Inclusion, traditional sports from Limitless Fitness Centre, and Sandwell Steelers will be showcasing American Football. We will also be joined by Ellie Harbinson, junior Great Britain champion in kickboxing and boxing, and Kevin Brown, Great Britain medallist in discus and multiple Guinness World Record breaker.
Don’t miss Perry too – the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot – and cheer on inspirational Batonbearers as they enter the park. We also have a couple of fairground rides.
The Baton itself will be in Tipton from 11.02am to 11.39am, starting its journey in Owen Street and making its way to the park via Queens Road.

Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath: Event: 11am – 2pm (Queen’s Baton Rowley Regis Relay Leg: 12.20pm – 1.39pm*)
Join us in the beautiful surroundings of Haden Hill House and Park for music, games and stories from the Commonwealth. Take part in traditional Commonwealth family games, try out our themed garden trail and enjoy delicious food while listening to the sounds of our steelpan drummer.
This year, we’re celebrating 100 years of Haden Hill becoming a public park. Inside the house, you can watch Caudwell Children’s 10-minute inspiring documentary – All Roads Lead to Alexander – and discover stories from Living Memory’s Our Commonwealth project as well as from the historic house and park. We’ll also keep the conversations going as we welcome local mental health support groups including Sandwell Asian Mental Health Group and Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation.
Don’t forget to grab your photo with Perry – the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot – and join in greeting our amazing Batonbearers as they enter the park to the sound of live music on stage.
The Baton itself is in Rowley Regis from 12.20pm-1.39pm, starting its journey in Cradley Heath High Street and making its way via Barrs Road, Haden Hill Park and Waterfall Lane to Blackheath High Street.

Lightwoods House, Bearwood: Event: 1pm – 4pm (Queen’s Baton Smethwick Relay Leg: 2.55pm - 4.24pm*)
Glorious Lightwoods Park is hosting a special celebration event for all the family. Join us for bubble magic and to meet some of the animals from Forge Mill Farm in our ‘farm to town’ experience (including our cheeky goats!). Have a go at milking our fake goat and try your hand at butter making and flour grinding.
Take an historic tour of the beautiful house (including a talk at 1.30pm by local historian Mary Bodfish), enjoy a drink at our licensed bar in the Shakespeare Garden and visit our community stalls including homemade chutneys, jams, cheeses, toys, crafts and games. Check out the Happy Coffee Man, and also Street Bites which offers bubble waffles and bubble tea and ice cream. Meet some of our local charities including Brushstrokes and Cats Protection.
Take part in Bhangra dance workshops for the whole family and creative workshops and performance from Oss Box, which delivers creativity from a converted horse box. Chase Jazzmen will be performing on stage with a guest vocalists from Lightwoods volunteer group. There will also be three small fair rides.
Don’t miss out on your photo with Perry – the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot – and join in greeting our amazing Batonbearers as they wind their way around the park.
The Baton itself is in Smethwick from 2.55pm to 4.24pm, starting its journey in Harborne Road and making its way via Lightwoods Park, Bearwood Road and past Victoria Park to where the Smethwick relay leg finishes in High Street (near Smethwick Library).

Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich: Event: 4pm – 9pm (Queen’s Baton West Bromwich Relay Leg: 5.36pm – 7.15pm*)
Join us at Sandwell Valley Showground at the end of a great day to give the Baton a fantastic send-off with performances, a fair and activities throughout the evening.
There will be a special 20-minute community parade that will follow our inspirational Batonbearers as they carry the Baton from Dartmouth Park to Sandwell Valley.
Live music includes local band Thunder Chunky who have been wowing audiences across our Shine a Light Festivals along with the ever-popular Bhangra Smash Up.
As the sun begins to lower, the evening will be topped by an amazing fire performance which includes fire eating, fire dancing, burning swords and huge fire ball blowing.
Entertainment includes bubble displays, stilt walkers and family theatre from Drama and Some who will be running mental health and confidence-building workshops and performances. There’s also a licensed bar and pizza tent along with Caribbean food and Indian inspired fish and chips.
The Baton itself will be in West Bromwich from 5.36pm to 7.15pm, starting its journey in Spon Lane and making its way via Bull Street, Walsall Street and Reform Street to Dartmouth Park and then down to Sandwell Valley.

*The timings above for each town’s Relay Leg show the estimated start and finish times for when the Baton will be in each town – including both the street and event sections of the relay route.

In addition to the six town events, the Baton will also make the following short stops:

Wednesbury Town Centre: 9.04am – 9.24am
The Baton will make a short stop near the bus station. We will have our screen there to welcome the Batonbearers along with some musical entertainment.

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick: 4.10pm – 4.24pm
The Baton will be greeted with confetti cannon and dhol drummers and free traditional food.

West Bromwich Town Centre: 5:53pm – 6.13pm
Local singer Tom Heyes will perform Rat Pack golden era songs as we greet the Baton for a short celebration at the Bull Street end of West Bromwich High Street.