Queens Baton Relay celebration coming to the waterfront

14 July 2022

The Canal at The Waterfront at Merry Hill


On Sunday 24 July, between 12-8pm, The Waterfront at Merry Hill welcomes the finale of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Having made its way around the globe through the 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and across the UK, the baton will pass through Dudley landmarks including Mary Stevens Park, Red House Glass Cone, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Zoo and Castle and the Brierley Hill War Memorial before reaching the Waterfront as part of a centrepiece finale.  


The Waterfront celebration features a range of free, family-friendly festivities between 12 – 8pm, including

  • Sports clubs & organisations performing live demonstrations plus taster sessions (12-8pm)
  • A children’s cycle skills track, including bikes to ride (12-8pm)
  • Sailing activities and demonstrations from the Sea Cadets (12-5pm)
  • Circus skills workshops (12-8pm)
  • A traditional town crier
  • Black Country Radio broadcasting live throughout the day from the main stage (12-8pm)
  • Live music on the outdoor stages
  • Mouthwatering food and drinks from street food legends Digbeth Dining Club (12 – 8pm)

Sample hospitality from all of the independent Waterfront establishments including Dr Eamer’s Gin Distillery Bar, The Garrison Micro Pub and a Jersey Boys tribute, the Indian Tavern and more.

And last but not least, cheer on the baton when it arrives (approximately 6.45pm) having made it’s way across the whole of Dudley, before it then departs by traditional barge along the famous Dudley No.1 Canal.


Outdoor Stages

12-1pm – Welcome by Town Crier – main stage
1-2pm – Johnny Allen – main stage
2-3pm – Chris Jones (Dudley Performing Arts)
3-4pm – Jake Rees – Red by Night stage
4-5pm – Armour Dance – main stage
5-6pm – Keil Wilkinson – Red by Night stage
6-8pm – The Coast (Resonance) – main stage

Inside Red By Night
2-3pm and 4-5pm free to jitterbug classes
8-10pm – Rich Evans

Outside the Garrison Pub
The Jersey Boys

Find out more about Merry Hill’s Commonwealth Games inspires summer events between Thu 28 July – Sunday 7th August