Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay to visit Thurrock

11 May 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Thurrock during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen's Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

The Queen's Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The Baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.

On Friday 8 July, Thurrock will officially welcome the Baton.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen's Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community.

During its time in Thurrock, the Queen's Baton Relay will visit the London International Cruise Terminal at the Port of Tilbury cheered on by local school children.

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We are delighted that Thurrock is able to play a part in the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay, and that the Port of Tilbury will have the esteemed honour of welcoming the Baton through the Cruise Terminal, as it continues its final leg around the UK before arriving in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games 2022.

"Thurrock's motto – 'By Thames to All People of the World' – reflects the important role the River Thames, Tilbury Docks and Thurrock continues to play in facilitating world trade, travel and communication. Tilbury is home to a number of historical events be it the rallying of troops against the threat of invasion in 1588 or the arrival of the first large groups of post-war Caribbean settlers in 1948 on the 'Empire Windrush', so I cannot think of a more befitting place to receive and pass on the Queen's Baton than Tilbury. I want to pass on my best wishes and say good luck to all the athletes taking part in this inspiring, multi-cultural festival of sport as they compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play."

Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust said: "We are extremely proud and excited to be part of the Queen's Baton Relay on 8 July. The baton will pass through our historic London Cruise Terminal which has played an important part of the community since it was built in 1930."

Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity. Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will carry the Baton each day, and the Relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its tour of the country.

Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen's Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres). From energetic cities and historic market towns, to rolling countryside and rugged coastline, the Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland.

Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen's Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.

Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania. It still has further destinations in the Caribbean, the Americas, and more countries in Europe, including the Home Nations consisting of 5 days in Scotland, 4 in Northern Ireland and 5 in Wales, where it will finish on Sunday 3 July, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.

The dates of when the Baton visits each region are:

  • 4 July to 5 July – South West
  • 6 July to 7 July – South East
  • 8 July to 9 July – East of England
  • 10 July to 11 July – East Midlands
  • 12 July to 13 July – Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 14 July to 15 July – North East
  • 16 July to 17 July – North West
  • 18 July to 28 July – West Midlands

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture & Queen's Baton Relay, said: "Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth, we have worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sport venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the Queen's Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth, celebrates Batonbearers who take on challenges, and marks the countdown the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it.

"We hope that communities across the country join the excitement, attend events near them, line the streets to cheer on our incredible Batonbearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games."

Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: "The Queen's Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 28 July."

Throughout May, the Queen's Baton Relay continues its journey through the Caribbean and the Americas, with visits to St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, and Canada, amongst others.

The Queen's Baton

The Queen's Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused art, technology and science. Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the Baton also features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology; 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting.

For more information on the Queen's Baton Relay, go to

The information provided on the route through England is subject to local authority approval and therefore could be subject to change.