Excitement builds as Queen’s Baton Relay is set to visit Worcestershire!

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The Queen’s Baton Relay has now returned to the host nation for a tour of each region of England including a visit to Worcestershire over two days on 22 and 23 July.

Worcestershire is one of hundreds of communities across the country that will receive a visit from the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will culminate in the host city of Birmingham, where it will take a central role in the Opening Ceremony on 28 July 2022.

From sports days to community festivals, members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton.

The Baton will arrive in Broadway on the afternoon of 22 July and will head to The Arches Project, Worcester where an evening of celebration will take place.

It will then leave the county the following day on the Severn Valley Railway as it glides through the Worcestershire countryside on a steam train towards Shropshire.

The schedule of activity for the Baton’s time in Worcestershire is as follows:

Date District Location Time
Friday 22 July Wychavon Broadway Tower, Broadway and Pershore 1:00pm
Friday 22 July Malvern Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcestershire Beacon, Malvern Town Football Club and Great Malvern 3:40pm
Friday 22 July Worcester Worcester Cathedral, Worcestershire Cricket Club, Worcester Racecourse and The Arches Project 5:06pm
Saturday 23 July Bromsgrove Sanders Park 9:03am
Saturday 23 July Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway 9:52am

The Baton’s visit to Worcestershire is set to create some memorable photo opportunities which include being transported by a hand glider on the Malvern Hills, a community celebratory event at Broadway Tower and a visit to Worcester Cathedral.

Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England.

Neil Bates from Droitwich will be carrying the baton through his home county recognising his contribution to increasing tennis participation, especially amongst disabled and blind people in the area.

Neil said: “When I found out I had been chosen as part of the Baton relay team for my work for bringing tennis to the community and including those that don’t always have the opportunity to take part, I was totally shocked and delighted! To carry the baton in my home county and be part of such a global event is a great honour and one I will never forget.”

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said, “We are delighted that the Queen’s Baton Relay will be visiting Worcestershire just before the Commonwealth Games start in the neighbouring West Midlands. This is a fantastic occasion for the local community to get involved and line the streets ahead of its arrival. A huge influx of tourism is expected to visit the West Midlands and we hope that many of those visitors are able to experience what the county has to offer and take advantage of our great attractions and hospitality businesses.”

To find out where to see the Baton near you, visit the Queen's Baton Relay pages of the Visit Worcestershire website.