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Queen's Baton comes to Oxford - Friday 6 June

Batonbearers

Put Friday 6 June in your diary and make your way down to Sunnymead Park to welcome the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton to the community of Cutteslowe between 3pm and 4pm.

Cheer the iconic Baton along with your friends and family whilst it travels through Sunnymead Park carried by Oxford's very own Batonbearers; Juliet Field, Simon Price, Ian Warland and Johnny Pemberton.

The procession will be accompanied by the soulful Larkrise Primary School Samba band. So dance along to the samba beats whilst celebrating this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Visitors will have a chance to have their picture taken with the Baton and we want to see your 'selfies' on our Facebook page.

Visitors can also sign the 'Good Luck Team England' banner, which will be handed to Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

Cutteslowe Summer Festival from 3pm

The Queen's Baton will be one of the main features of the Cutteslowe Summer Festival, which promises to be a fantastic event offering a range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Queen's Baton will visit the community of Cutteslowe on its journey through the UK ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, starting on 23 July 2014.

Admission and activities are free so there's no excuse to not be part of this great celebration!

If you haven't got tickets to the Commonwealth Games then don't worry, the Cutteslowe Summer Festival will have its very own sports village where you will get the chance to unleash the inner Commonwealth athlete in you. There will be a variety of FREE sports 'have-a-go' taster sessions for people to try including:

  • Tri Golf and Boccia provided by OXSARD Disability and Inclusive Sports Centre
  • Cricket provided by the Oxford Cricket Club
  • Bowls provided by Oxford City and County Bowls Club
  • Kung Fu provided Wing Chun Martial Arts
  • Rowing challenge provided by Fusion Lifestyle
  • Tennis provided by North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club
  • Rugby provided by the Rugby Football League
  • Taek-wondo provided by Oxford Taekwondo
  • Badminton serve challenge provided by Badminton England
  • Judo provided by British Judo
  • Inflatable Hockey Pitch provided by England Hockey
  • Fitness MOTs provided by GO Active Get Healthy
  • Ping! Table Tennis

Get into the party spirit and let your hair down with the variety of dance workshops on offer including; break dancing with Troy Carts, merengue with Rhiannon Lewis and Hip Hop with KC's School of Dance.

If viewing from the side lines is more your thing then there are also some dance performances to enjoy, including the Cutteslowe Dance Group.

For the grand finale and to finish the evening off in style, a mass Zumbathon will kick off at 6.30pm. A number of Oxford's much loved instructors will be getting the crowd jumping and everyone in the party spirit to celebrate this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Don't worry, if being active isn't quite your thing, with arts and crafts activities, stalls and Festival of Nature workshops provided by Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.

Released on Friday 6 June 2014

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