Amazing opportunity to celebrate Sandwell’s rich, diverse culture

On 25 July, Sandwell’s communities will experience the buzz of the Queen’s Baton Relay with events along the route, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Residents will be able to watch and cheer on the Queen’s Baton Relay. Around 120 Batonbearers – each with inspiring backgrounds and stories – will have the honour carrying the Baton for approximately 200m through the borough’s streets and parks.
The Batonbearers were nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.
Sandwell Council is a proud host venue of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. It will welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on the final leg of the Queen’s Baton journey through the West Midlands. 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.
There are many streets and public places across the route where residents can watch and cheer the Queen’s Baton Relay. Information on public places where you can watch the Baton is now available at
There will be special events in each of the six towns:
• Sandwell Council House, Oldbury: Event (7:00am-9:00am)
The Queen’s Baton Relay, Sandwell, will kick off at Sandwell Council House, with a launch celebration, including performances before and after the arrival of the Queen’s Baton, and Commonwealth literature-themed activities for all ages.
• Brunswick Park, Wednesbury (8:30am-11:00am)
The Queen’s Baton will be welcomed at Brunswick Park with a showcase of community stalls celebrating Wednesbury, and performances of music, art, dance, and culture from children and young people.
• Victoria Park, Tipton (10:00am-2:00pm)
The Queen’s Baton will stop at Victoria Park, Tipton, with sporting activities throughout the day for Sandwell residents to take part in, and a celebration of Sandwell sports groups.
• Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath (11:00am-2:00pm)
The Queen’s Baton will stop at Haden Hill House for a celebration of Commonwealth stories from Sandwell residents and community groups.
• Lightwoods House, Bearwood (1:00pm-4:00pm)
The Queen’s Baton will stop at Lightwoods House and Park, with a celebration of food from Sandwell, including Forge Mill Farm Welly to Belly food activities. 
• Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich (4:00pm-9:00pm)
The Queen’s Baton Relay will end with a parade from West Bromwich through Dartmouth Park, representing Sandwell community groups and residents, arriving at a festival of celebration with performances, fair activities throughout the evening at Sandwell Valley Showground.
You can book a free ticket for one of the six special events at Councillor Laura Rollins, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said:

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is an amazing opportunity for everyone in Sandwell to experience the buzz of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“During the Queen’s Baton Relay, we will come together to celebrate Sandwell’s rich, diverse culture and showcase the best of arts, sports and culture from all ages, backgrounds, and parts of the community. I would call on all Sandwell residents to commemorate this historic occasion and cheer on more than 100 inspirational Batonbearers from our community on 25 July.”
Detailed information for residents and businesses, including times and locations, will be sent to those who may be affected. The council will also communicate this information online, through its social media channels and highways information signs in the lead-up to the event.


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