A full day of exciting sporting commentary, live entertainment and have a go activities can be enjoyed as the line up for the FREE Wolverhampton Festival Site has been announced.

On Thursday 4 August, 2022 the city will host the Commonwealth Games men’s and women’s cycling Time Trials, starting and finishing at our spectacular West Park. 

Anyone who couldn’t get tickets to the event can watch all the action for free at the Wolverhampton Festival Site, on Thursday 4 August, at Old Market Square from 9.30am to 6pm. 

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the excitement of live sport as cyclists zoom through Old Market Square. Or grab a seat, soak up the electric atmosphere and watch all the action on the big screen. 

On the day, we will have interviews with sporting stars such as Kinga Ingram who graduated from the British Cycling Junior Academy in 2021 and joins Storey Racing for her second full season, and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Hugh Porter MBE who will be offering his thoughts on the Time Trials as well as revealing exciting facts about what happens during the race.

As well as live music from Ryan Evans, Hit the Dhol and Copicats, there will be a dance performance by Flexus Dance Collective, and a showing of the Beverley Bennett film showcase: Nation’s Finest, Putting Down Roots & Birthing.

There will also be ‘have a go’ cycling activities, information stands, a great range of food and beverages, face painting, children’s rides and much more, promising to be a great day out for all the family – and of course, a live screen to catch all the action from the Time Trial event itself. 

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said: “As a city, we are very much looking forward to the start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and can’t wait for the cycling Time Trial event on the 4 August.

“I know not everyone will have been able to get tickets for this event, however I am pleased that we are able to host a Festival Site at Old Market Square, where people can watch the very best cyclists from across the Commonwealth race through the streets, as well as enjoying some live entertainment and have a go sporting activities all day.

“As the event takes place in the school summer holidays, this is the perfect free day out for all the family. I’d encourage everyone to come along to the Festival Site and get involved on the day!”

To find out more information about the Games, including the full route for the Queen’s Baton Relay as it makes its way through the city, and details on where to enjoy a wide range of creative and cultural events, please visit Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Information about bin collections, road closures and parking are also included on this website.