Celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay and the Games in your town
The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Scotland on 14 June. EventScotland is supporting a programme of events that will give people up and down the country the chance to try their hand at the 17 Commonwealth Games sports – from Lawn Bowls to Gymnastics – alongside fantastic evening finales in celebration of the Relay.
Events are taking place in towns, cities and along the Queen’s Baton Relay route in all 32 areas of Scotland this summer as part of Games for Scotland. The programme is a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland and will give communities from Hawick to Lerwick the opportunity to celebrate the Relay’s journey across the country.
From 14 June, when the Relay reaches Edinburgh, the Baton will spend 40 days visiting towns and cities and stopping at locations ranging from sports centres to shopping malls and beaches in all 32 local authority areas. Each event will feature sessions for young and old to try the 17 Commonwealth Games sports from gymnastics to swimming, athletics, lawn bowls, track cycling and more, as well as Games-themed cultural and creative activities and dance.
Tryathon | Edinburgh | 14 Jun
At Meadowbank Sports Centre marking the Relay’s first stop on its journey across Scotland.
Commonwealth Flashmob Relay | Dingwall | 11 Jul
Throughout June and up to 11 July you can watch the YouTube video, learn the dance, teach your friends and post videos online using #CommonwealthFlashmob.
Livingston Queen’s Baton Relay Celebrations | Livingston | 15 Jun
Entertainment and a parade will take place, followed by a large, non-ticketed community event.
A Commonwealth of Talents | Dalkeith | 16 Jun
The event will feature a procession led by a Samba band and giant puppets, a Dance Trail and Commonwealth Ceilidh.
East Lothian | 17–19 Jun
The Relay will engage with schools along the route before arriving at a major performing arts event at The Brunton in Musselburgh. Featuring Grinagog Theatre’s Pokey Hat performances.
Haka Hawick | Hawick | 18 Jun
The Big Parade will be followed by a free but ticketed evening entertainment programme with traditional African music, Clanadonia and Scocha at Hawick Town Hall. Tickets should be reserved by phoning or emailing.
Dumfries & Galloway Welcomes the QBR | Dumfries & Galloway | 19 Jun
A series of community sports and cultural festivals featuring ‘come and try’ sessions at primary and secondary schools throughout the area.
South Ayrshire | 20 Jun
A sporting and cultural event will take place at Rozelle Park delivered by Young Ambassadors and other young leaders. Throughout Jun local clubs will also be providing opportunities for young people to try Commonwealth Games sports.
Kilmarnock Commonwealth Carnival | Kilmarnock | 21 Jun
Featuring street artists and unique street performances for all the family to enjoy and there will be a special celebration when the Baton arrives in the evening.
South Lanarkshire | 22 Jun
A mass community cast event will take place in Hamilton including sports and dance sessions as well as entertainment during the day in Rutherglen, East Kilbride and Carluke.
North Lanarkshire | 23 Jun
Three special events will celebrate the Relay in locations including Motherwell and Coatbridge.
Let’s Celebrate Glasgow 2014 | Falkirk | 24 Jun
Enjoy a range of exciting taster sessions along the Relay route from the Falkirk Wheel to Grangemouth Stadium. The Sing Forth community choir will take part in a spectacular evening celebration at Helix Park.
Clackmannanshire | 25 Jun
Events along the route include Picnic in the Park at Greenfield Park, a street party outside Sauchie Hall, an event at Dollar Academy and a Commonwealth Village in Alva’s Cochrane Park. A free but ticketed evening event will take place at Lornshill Academy.
St Andrews | 26 Jun
Fife Council’s Active Team will be delivering a range of active celebrations including an attempt at the world’s biggest ceilidh! The Relay will stop at locations around Fife before being welcomed to St Andrews.
Commonwealth Ceilidh | Dundee | 27 Jun
Join in and get the whole city dancing! Dancers from groups including Smallpetitklein, Scottish Dance Theatre, Bharatiya Ashram and more will perform before the Ceilidh springs into action when Whisky Kiss takes to the stage!
Angus - Montrose Sports Centre | 28 Jun
Sports, dance, music and culture for people of all ages alongside live music and cooking demonstrations.
Meldrum Academy | Aberdeenshire | 29 Jun
A lunchtime Rugby 7’s tournament before a celebration event at Peterhead Football Club featuring the Big Sing project, dancers and a performance from Theatre Modo with local schools and groups. A performance from Scottish folk group Old Blind Dogs will welcome the Baton and round off the evening.
Perth and Kinross | 30 Jun–4 Jul
A series of sports and dance camps at school campuses across the area before a celebration event for all at North Inch Community Campus.
Aberdeen City | 30 Jun
Para sports and dance activities organised through City Moves. Festivals at schools delivered by Aberdeen Football Club before an evening celebration in the city centre.
Stirling – The Peak | Stirling | 6 Jul
Sports sessions, ice-skating, climbing and swimming alongside early years’ mini sessions, music, circus skills, storytelling and more. A free but ticketed evening ceremony will feature the Commonwealth Youth Circus and Big Sing Community Choir.
Argyll and Bute | 13 Jul
Sports and cultural events before an evening celebration at Dunoon Stadium.
Inverclyde | 14 Jul
Line the Route, the Corporate Sports Challenge and a Commonwealth Sports Challenge before an evening event at Battery Park.
North Ayrshire | 15 Jul
Sports Festivals and family events during the day.
East Renfrewshire | 16 Jul
Sports and cultural activities along the route featuring the Commonwealth Youth Circus, Pokey Hat performances, cycling storyteller Tam Dean Burn, comedy and street entertainment.
Renfrewshire | 17 Jul
Live music, street theatre and family entertainment along the route and activities on offer across local facilities.
West Dunbartonshire | 18 Jul
A junior Loch Lomond Highland Games, followed by an event in Clydebank town centre.
East Dunbartonshire – Leisuredrome | 19 Jul
Activities along the route before a handover ceremony featuring live music and entertainment.
Message Unknown | Glasgow | 20–22 Jul
Designed with YDance and Get Scotland Dancing as a way for local groups to express their messages to the world. A new performance piece to be performed in three local Relay events and the opportunity to try Commonwealth-inspired dance.
Collect 150 Legacy 2014 rewards points at all Games For Scotland events
To celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Young Scot has developed a new, exciting package of Legacy 2014 Rewards. Young people (aged 11-25) who hold a Young Scot National Entitlement Card will be able to earn 150 points for going along and participating in Games for Scotland events. To claim points, simply need to use their Young Scot card to log-in or sign up at youngscot.org/rewards. Points can be used to claim rewards ranging from learning and work shadowing opportunities to branded hoodies and other items and even driving lessons!