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World Baton Twirling Championships 2023

4-13 August 2023

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Discover the exciting Sport of Baton Twirling, through this spectacular World event!

Come & watch these highly talented athletes, perform some amazing routines, which combine dance & gymnastic moves with complex tricks under a baton. Athletes from around the World come together to try & win the coveted World titles, in a range of disciplines incorporating not only one, but two & three batons! Across the nine days you can watch Individual, Pair, Majorette & Team / Group routines, where some groups contain over thirty athletes, exchanging batons in the air across the arena.

You will be amazed!

International Baton Twirling Federation President, Sandi Wiemers, said: ‘We are thrilled that our sport is holding the IBTF Nations Cup and World Baton Twirling Championship in Liverpool, hosted by United Twirl England.

The Nations Cup
A competition with athletes from around the World competing in A & B level routines.

The World Championship
A competition where elite athletes from countries around the World will compete for the highest accolade in their sport.

Friday 4 August
Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 9 August
Opening Ceremony
Saturday 5 August
Solo Preliminary Rounds
2-Baton Preliminary Rounds
3-Baton Preliminary Rounds
Duet Preliminary Rounds
Wednesday 9 August
Majorette Traditional Corps
Twirling Corps Preliminary Round
Majorette Parade Corps
Artistic Group Preliminary Round
Majorette Flag Baton Team
Twirl Team Preliminary Round
Sunday 6 August
Artistic Twirl Preliminary Rounds
Artistic Pair Preliminary Rounds
X-Strut Preliminary Rounds
Thursday 10 August
Majorette Exhibition Corps
Artistic Team Preliminary Round
Majorette Show Twirl Accessory Corps
Award Ceremony: Majorette Disciplines

Monday 7 August
Solo Finals
2 & 3-Baton Finals
Duet Finals
X-Strut Finals
Artistic Twirl Finals
Artistic Pair Finals
Award Ceremony

Friday 11 August
Solo Preliminary Rounds
3-Baton Preliminary Rounds
2-Baton Preliminary Rounds
Duet Preliminary Rounds
Artistic Group Final
Twirling Corps Final
Artistic Twirl Preliminary Rounds
Award Ceremony: Artistic Group & Twirling Corps

Tuesday 8 August
Artistic Team Preliminary Rounds
Twirl Team Preliminary Rounds
Artistic Team Final
Twirl Team Final
Award Ceremony: Artistic & Twirl Team
Saturday 12 August
X-Strut Preliminary Rounds
Artistic Twirl Preliminary Rounds
Solo Final
2-Baton Final
3-Baton Final
X-Strut Final
Artistic Twirl Final
Artistic Pair Preliminary Rounds
  Sunday 13 August
Duet Final
Artistic Pair Final
Twirl Team Final
Award Ceremony: All World Ind, Duo & Team Disciplines
Closing Ceremony




Children under 3yrs are free.  Non-competing child 3yrs – 12yrs half price.

Tickets are electronic & will be scanned on entry.  Ticket sales will be open from the following dates. 

Set Reminder

  • Train

  • Plane

  • Bus

  • Car

From the south...

Virgin Trains operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours). Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station.

M&S Bank Arena is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am – 8pm) directly to the venue. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your ticket.

Flying into Liverpool John Lennon Airport...

A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five minute walk of M&S Bank Arena, while Manchester’s international airport is just 45 minutes away by car.

Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to M&S Bank Arena.

The CityLink Route C4 bus links Queen Square bus station, James Street rail station and Liverpool ONE Bus Station to the venue. CityLink Route C4 operates every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays, between 7am – 8pm, with a maximum fare of £1 per journey. Merseytravel prepaid tickets, National Concessionary bus passes and Arriva day tickets are all valid on this service.

For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am – 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. M&S Bank Arena is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted. 

From the North...

Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront.

From the South...

Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront. 

There is onsite parking and plenty of parking nearby, more information on driving to the venue and parking can be found here.

Accessible Bookings

To book accessible tickets please call our box office on 0344 8000 400 on the day that the event goes on sale - this applies to both presale and general sale. 

Our contact centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The M&S Bank Arena has recently partnered with Nimbus Disability and The Access Card to ensure customers' needs are met at events. Nimbus is one of the country’s leading providers of disability-related advice and support to professional organisations and is recognised as a leading authority on accessible ticketing in the UK.

To ensure the right tickets are sold to the right people, we will require all access bookers for events at ACC Liverpool to provide us with a Nimbus registration number to qualify for any accessible tickets or discounts available at the time of booking. Registering is free to Ticket Quarter customers with an option to upgrade for £15 to have access to all participating venues. For more information please visit here.

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