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About The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities. In 2015, 7.29 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the seventh annual Big Lunch. This year's Big Lunch takes place on Sunday 12th June.

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  • Why get involved?

    Children painting as part of a Big Lunch.

    To have fun, to make friends with your neighbours, to share skills and stories…

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  • Your Stories

    People under a marque

    Hear directly from our Big Lunch organisers and find out how you can share your story.

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  • Why we started it

    Biomes at the Eden Project.

    The idea of The Big Lunch began at the Eden Project with the simple aim of bringing neighbours together.

    Hear our story
  • Previous Big Lunches

    Crowd of people at a Big Lunch in Newcastle.

    Check out what happened at Big Lunches from 2009 to 2015.

    Be inspired
  • The Patron's Lunch


    The Big Lunch is pleased to be supporting The Patron's Lunch, a street party to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday. As well as the tremendous event on The Mall, The Patron's Lunch hopes to inspire people across the country and Commonwealth to come together to celebrate HM The Queen's birthday and raise money for her charities. With so many people set to come together to celebrate community and charity on June 12, and councils in many parts of the UK organising this year's road closures to coincide with this date, it should be a bumper year!

    Visit The Patron's Lunch Website

Big Lunch gallery

Two men enjoying a pint at a Big Lunch

See great photos of Big Lunches across the UK and beyond.

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Street Party History

Two ladies eating at a Big Lunch street party in London, 2010

We have a long tradition of celebrating with our neighbours.

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