THE 2022 Commonwealth Games are just around the corner - and the Queen's Baton Relay will be heading to Newport.

The Queen's Baton Relay (or the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay) has been part of the build up to the Commonwealth Games since 1958 - when it left from Cardiff.

Similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, a baton is taken around the 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before ending up in the host city to mark the start of the Games.

As the name implies, the baton will be returned to the Queen at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

This year, the relay has already completed most of the 90,000 mile journey, but will be making an appearance in Newport before eventually heading off to Birmingham.

Newport will be the penultimate Welsh stop of the relay, with Swansea being the final Welsh city the baton visits before it begins moving across England.


The baton will be turning up at Newport Stadium at 9.30 am on Sunday, July 3.

Members of the public are invited to watch the relay from 9.30am.

Local scouts and guides will be carrying the baton around the track at the stadium.

Newport City Council also announced that the scouts and guides will have the "opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities, plus develop their volunteering and event management experience."

The route this year is around half the distance of the last Queen's Baton Relay in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint.

The baton will be on the road for 269 days in total.