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Queen's Baton Relay

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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games starts on 28 July. Ahead of that, the Queen's Baton Relay is making its way around England to share the buzz of the Games with communities across the country - and its coming to the Moorlands on Tuesday 19 July!

We're excited to be welcoming the Relay and want people to come along to enjoy the atmosphere, cheer on the Batonbearers and enjoy the spectacle and entertainment on offer.

Events to celebrate the arrival of the Relay are taking place at Rudyard Lake and in Leek Town Centre.

Rudyard Lake

The Relay is set to arrive shortly after 5pm when a flotilla of boats from Rudyard sailing and rowing clubs will accompany the Batonbearer across the water. Children from Horton St Michael's Primary School will then perform a song from the Jungle Book in honour of the Lake's namesake Rudyard Kipling.

You can watch proceedings at Rudyard from the rail trackside of Dam Head and down the path alongside the railway. The train will be running back and forth from the station car park. For safety reasons the car parking down by the lake will be closed and there will be limited parking at the Hotel Rudyard.

A free park and ride service will also operate from Sainsburys car park on a 19-seater minibus. The bus will run from the top of Sainsburys car park to the Rudyard Hotel at:

  • 4.00pm
  • 4.20pm
  • 4.40pm

Returning after the event, the bus will leave at:

  • 6.15pm
  • 6.35pm
  • 6.50pm

Leek town centre

Events then move to Leek town centre where the Relay is expected to arrive at around 6.30pm for a hand relay starting at Stanley Street, running down Derby Street, turning left Bath Street, into Stockwell Street and finishing  for the celebration in Market Place. The Baton will be carried on the route by four Batonbearers who have been chosen because of the work they do to inspire change in their local communities.

You can watch the Relay by lining the pavements along the route.

Alton Towers

The final stop is at Alton Towers where the Baton will take the ride of its life on a rollercoaster and capture an iconic shot of the Moorlands from a high vantage point.

So please come and join us on 19 July and let's give the Relay a warm Moorlands welcome.

You can download and print a poster to display for the Queens Baton Relay using the PDF below.

Queens Baton Relay Poster [2MB]