The Eden Project
The Big Lunch - an Eden Project

Partnered by

  • Big Lottery Fund - Lottery funded
  • Asda
  • Halifax
  • Streetclub

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 on the first Sunday 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 2013, 3.65 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the fifth annual Big Lunch.

This year's Big Lunch was on Sunday 1 June 2014, though you can plan one for whenever suits your community. Registration for 2014 packs is now closed, but we've lots of downloadable resources still available. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with all things Big Lunch and be the first to know about our 2015 packs!

Get inspired by our Big Lunch Film. See if you can spot any familiar faces

  • 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…

    More reasons
  • Your Stories

    People under a marque

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

    Find out more
  • 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 held in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    Be inspired

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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Big Lunch Extras

Big Lunch Extras

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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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