After a staggering 285-day journey around the globe, the final leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay is now upon us and a real atmosphere of anticipation and excitement is sweeping all across Glasgow. The baton will proudly be carried across the city over the course of the next three days before it reaches its final destination of Celtic Park for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Wednesday 23 July.
To see the baton travel through the host city will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion, so check out the route below and make sure you don’t miss the action and the celebrations. Plus, we’ve picked out some highlights of other things you can see and do while in Glasgow to make the most of your Games time experience.
On Sunday 20 July (day 37) that baton will set off in the morning from Glasgow Green and make its way through central, north and easterly areas of the city, taking in the Merchant City and George Square. Then, it’s off to places including Dennistoun, Tollcross, Easterhouse and Royston, concluding the day’s journey at Springburn Park.
The following day (day 38) the baton will weave through Glasgow’s west end, starting at the Tall Ship on the River Clyde and heading through Govan, Kelvingrove, Partick, Maryhill, Drumchapel and Knightshill, ending the leg at Victoria Park.
Tuesday 22 July will be the final day of the Queen Baton Relay. The baton will travel through Glasgow’s south side, beginning at Cathkin Braes and journeying through the likes of Govanhill, Pollokshields, Bellahouston, Govan and Shawlands, before reaching Queen’s Park.
During these three days, Glasgow will be transformed into one big celebration – expect banners and bunting, dancers and drummers, music and street performers as the baton makes its way across the city, and each evening there will be festivities at the finish lines. Springburn Park (20 July), Victoria Park (21 July) and the Queen’s Park Recreation Ground (22 July) are all set to be a feast of Commonwealth flavours.
Take part in ‘come and try’ sports, arts and crafts, storytelling and street theatre, finished off with a musical spectacular from Salsa Celtic, whose infectious rhythms will definitely get your toes tapping! The evening events are free, but tickets are required for entry.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
The Queen’s baton will pass by dozens of landmarks and attractions during the Glasgow part of the relay. We’d really love to tell you about them all but we’d be here all day, so here are a few ideas on things to see and do whilst in the city for the relay and the games.
- Glasgow Green – Glasgow has many lush green spaces and the oldest of them is Glasgow Green. It’s home to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, where you can see an awesome collection of historical artefacts, as well as the wonderful WEST Brewery – it’s a great reason to come back to Glasgow Green later in the day and enjoy a pint!
- Museums and galleries – Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA), the Riverside Museum, the Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are just some of the must-see attractions in the city. Plan time to visit the lesser known – but equally fascinating – St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and the Scotland Street School Museum.
- Merchant City – The handsome streets of the Merchant City are lined with superb restaurants, bars and shops, and during the Games it will become a bustling hub with amazing events as part of the Merchant City Festival.
- Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Discover more about one of the city’s favourite sons and see the famous designer’s legacy in a range of places, including the Willow Tea Rooms, House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, and the Mackintosh House in the Hunterian Art Gallery.
- The City of Music – In this UNESCO City of Music, countless world-class acts have performed on stages across the city and every week around 130 gigs take place. As part of Festival 2014, some amazing music performances will be held at the newly renovated Kelvingrove Bandstand and at the Glasgow Green Live Zone in late July and early August
- A Story To Tell – The city is home to many great watering holes, each with bags of character. Watch local and up-and-coming musicians in one of Glasgow’s smaller venues, pubs or bars, such as King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut or Maggie Mays, or discover classic interiors in the likes of The Lauriston Bar. Check out Scotland’s Bars and Pubs and find places with fascinating stories to tell.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You can find out more about Glasgow’s many amazing offerings on our designated Glasgow & The Clyde Valley pages. Plus, there are hundreds of special events taking place in the city during Games time as part of Festival 2014 which are well worth checking out.
If you’re in Glasgow, get involved and share photos of the final stages of the Queen’s Baton Relay using #batonrelay, or if you capture any inspiring images while in the city, let us know using #brilliantmoments.
We can’t wait to hear The Queen’s message and to get cheering as we watch 12 days of world-class sport. All we can say now is: let the games begin!