In just one week the Queen’s Baton will arrive in the South West of England to begin its 25-day tour of England before returning to Birmingham. Today is the Baton’s final day in Northern Ireland, the 70th destination in its journey to every Commonwealth nation and territory.
Visiting Plymouth, Exeter, Portland, and Bournemouth on 4 July, followed by Devizes, Bath, Bristol, Hereford, Gloucester, and Cheltenham on 5 July, the Queen’s Baton will be carried by local community heroes who will take on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Batonbearers.
The Relay in the South West begins at the Eden Project in a private event that engages with local school children, and will later travel by boat to arrive at the historic Mayflower steps before Batonbearers relay through Plymouth.
Dates and highlight activity from the route includes:
Highlights in the South West: Eden Project, St Austell (4 July); sunrise at Stonehenge, Salisbury (5 July); Roman Baths, Bath (5 July).
Monday 4 July: St Austell, Plymouth, Exeter, Portland, Poole, and Bournemouth
Tuesday 5 July: Devizes, Bath, Bristol, Easter Compton, Hereford, Gloucester, and Cheltenham
Highlights in the South East: A relay through Windsor (6 July); Canterbury Cathedral (7 July); White Cliffs of Dover (7 July).
Wednesday 6 July: Stoke Mandeville, Maidenhead, Windsor, Aldershot, Winchester, Hambledon, Southampton, and Portsmouth
Thursday 7 July: Guildford, Tonbridge, Canterbury, Folkestone, Deal, and Dover
East of England
Highlights in the East of England: On the water at Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross (8 July); Venetian waterways, Great Yarmouth (9 July); travelling by punt in Cambridge (9 July).
Friday 8 July: Gravesend, Tilbury, Basildon, Southend-on-Sea, Maldon, Waltham Cross, Luton and Hemel Hempstead
Saturday 9 July: King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Bury St Edmunds, Hinxton, and Cambridge
Highlights in the East Midlands: Trent Bridge, Nottingham (10 July); Loughborough University (11 July); Skegness High Ropes (11 July).
Sunday 10 July: Northampton, Corby, Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln
Monday 11 July: Skegness, Boston, Grantham, Loughborough, Derby, Bakewell, Matlock, and Buxton
Yorkshire & The Humber
Highlights in Yorkshire & The Humber: English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (12 July); Going underwater in a shark tank at The Deep, Hull (13 July); a walk to the historic York Walls (13 July).
Tuesday 12 July: Sheffield, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Bradford, and Leeds
Wednesday 13 July: Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, York, Malton, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay, and Whitby
Highlights in the North East: Travelling by speedboat in Stockton on Tees (14 July); abseiling from a wind turbine in the Port of Blyth (15 July); Angel of the North, Gateshead (15 July).
Thursday 14 July: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Durham, Seaham, and Sunderland
Friday 15 July: South Shields, Whitley Bay, Blyth, Alnwick, Gateshead, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Highlights in the North West: Blackpool Tower Ballroom (16 July); Media City, Salford (17 July); Bellevue Sports Village, Manchester - 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games legacy (17 July).
Saturday 16 July: Carlisle, Lake District, Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Darwen, and Bolton
Sunday 17 July: Salford, Manchester, Stockport, Northwich, Wigan, and Knowsley
Highlights in the West Midlands: Travelling by coracle on River Severn (19 July), wakeboarding at Chasewater (20 July), Black Country Living Museum, Dudley (24 July), abseiling from Galton Bridge, Smethwick (25 July)
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 July: Edgbaston, Northfield, Cotteridge, Bournville, Hall Green, Bordesley, Balti Triangle, Small Heath, Birmingham
Thursday 28 July: Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter, Perry Barr, Sutton Coldfield, Aston.