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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games saw the Queen’s Baton Relay travel through Wales before heading into England, and finally up to Birmingham for the Opening Ceremony on July 28th at the Alexander Stadium.

The Welsh leg began in Anglesey on 29th June after coming in from Northern Ireland, and travelled through Wales for five days, visiting towns, villages, and key landmarks across North, West, and South Wales.

The Queen’s Baton Relay launched on October 7th in 2021 by The Queen, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Baton visited all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth for 294 days, covering 140,000 kilometres.

The Queen’s Baton Relay first took place in 1958 at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, and this year’s Relay will mark its 16th year. The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that celebrates, connects, and excites communities from across the Commonwealth in the build up to the Games.

Queen’s Baton Relay 2022 event schedule


DAY 1: Wednesday 29 June


– The Baton will enter Wales via Lifeboat to Holyhead sailing club – Royal Welsh Band will perform followed by a welcome reception
– Multi sport activities at the local 3G pitch
– Weightlifting competition at HAWC, led by Weightlifting Wales Performance Director, Ray Williams
– Holyhead Leisure Centre; Schools compete in Commonwealth sports
– Menai Bridge


– Baton arrives in Bethesda where local schools take part in a relay
– Local choir performing in Town Centre
– Llyn Dinas to Beddgelert, with Snowdonia National Park wardens
– Portmeirion with Derek Brockway

DAY 2: Thursday 30 June

– Craig Deryn school in Bro Dysynni followed by Ysgol Penybryn in Tywyn and a street relay through the town
– Steam train to Abergynolwyn


– Aberystwyth; Debate on climate change
– Relay begins at Bowls club, Elm Tree Avenue and down to Vale of Rheidol railway station
– Llangrannog Urdd Centre; Activities and relay down to the beach

DAY 3: Friday 1 July


– Arrive at Castell Henllys; Iron age fort school children
– Harbour; Sea Cadets relay down the Dock into the sea on boats
– Goodwick; Re-enactment of last British invasion 225th anniversary
– Ysgol Bro Gwaun; World Record attempt with rugby ball


– Pembrey Country Park; Relay down the ski slope and toboggan, followed by Baton taken on a bike to the beach
– Baton handed over to BatonBearer in a beach friendly wheelchair, and on to a lifeboat – heading for Burry Port RNLI (Community event)
– Coastal Path Triathlon relay to Llanelli
– Water activities at St Eli Bay
– Onesta sustainable fashion in Llanelli

DAY 4: Saturday 2 July

Neath Port Talbot

– Baglan; Symposium on Carbon USW Hydrogen Plant
– Hydrogen car carries Baton to Margam Park
– Sports event and relay with local children


– Aberfan community centre followed by relay along the Taff Trail to Merthyr leisure centre; local sports clubs
– Zip wire at Hirwaun
– Clydach Vale; junior sports event at King Georges pitch

DAY 5: Sunday 3 July

– Newport; Guides, scouts and Brownies event at the National Athletics museum
– Victoria Park beach volleyball centre, Canton
– Swansea Air Show with parachute display
– Baton exit to England TBC

(Further details and timings to follow)