The Queen's Baton Relay countdown

Find out what's going on in Edinburgh on Saturday 14 June in celebration of the Queen's Baton Relay!

Saturday 14 June

The route!

The countdown is on to the Edinburgh leg of the relay when over 100 batonbearers will take to communities in Edinburgh with the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton.

Find out where and when you can catch a glimpse of the Baton at our map, or keep reading for details of some of the main events the City of Edinburgh Council has lined up for baton day.

The School Run, 12:45 - 13:45

Up to 3,000 school children will run from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Meadowbank. They will form a guard of honour for the baton as it approaches the Queen’s gate at the Parliament. The baton will go in to the Parliament and they will then form up on the north approach road at the palace, move through the courtyard and off through the royal park.

Meadowbank Stadium, 10:30 - 16:30

The school run participants will arrive at Meadowbank just before 1.00, but anyone can take part in the Tryathon from 10:30 in the morning. Young people and their families will have the opportunity to try their hand at 14 Commonwealth Games Sports and see a 'mini museum' of Commonwealth Games is Edinburgh artefacts. 

Leith Festival, 11:00 - 16:30

The baton will be passing through Leith Festival along Hermitage Place between 15:50 - 16:10.

Portobello Promenade, 16:20 - 16:50

The baton will travel along the promenade with activities planned outside Portobello Leisure Centre and an ‘oar guard of honour’ from Portobello Sailing and Kayaking club (subject to tide height!)

The Royal Commonwealth Pool, 17:30 - 18:30

The baton will arrive at the Commie Pool at 17.45.  Sir Peter Heatly, a veteran diver and former Games gold medallist, along with his grandson, James Heatly who will be diving in his first Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in July will be present, along with diver Grace Reid. There will be a 10-15 minute display of synchronised diving to music by Edinburgh Diving Club.  The 50m pool will remain open for public swimming during this time, and will be used mainly by club swimmers.  The event will be free, come along early for a good seat.

Princes Street Gardens, 17:30 - 19:30 (doors open 16:30)

The Queen’s Baton Relay Evening Celebrations in Edinburgh will be a two hour show located in West Princes Street Gardens, beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The event culminates in the arrival of the Queen’s Baton and features a programme of high-profile sports personalities and special guests to entertain the audience along with performances of quality music from both Edinburgh and Scotland.

As the key attraction, the arrival sequence of the Queen’s Baton is being produced in collaboration with all partners for BBC Scotland broadcast. The event is free but ticketed, with tickets available from the Usher Hall Box Office.

Presented by Sanjeev Kohli, with music from Anna McLuckie, Stanley Odd, Rura and the Love Music Community Choir, there will also be a fantastic dance performance by Dancebase.

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