The Eden Project
The Big Lunch - an Eden Project

Partnered by

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


The Big Lunch provides a great opportunity for young people to connect with the people and places around them. We’ve got a range of resources for teachers to help get their students excited about The Big Lunch, including lesson plans linked to the National Curriculum.  These are targeted at Key Stages 1-4 but could be adapted for use with younger students. 

We’ve also devised other activities for young people to get involved in, which can be used as inspiration by youth clubs, Scouts, Guides or any other group of young people.

  • Key Stage 1

    Big Lunch Schools teddy bears picnic

    Full curriculum-based lesson plans centred on a teddy bears' picnic. This play-based approach links classroom learning with outside learning, and can also be adapted for use for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    See the resources
  • Key Stage 2

    Big Lunch schools workshop dances and costumes

    Full curriculum-based lesson plans focusing on preparing for a community gathering, including devising costumes and dances.

    See the resources
  • Key Stage 3/4

    Big Lunch Chefs for schools

    Full curriculum-based lesson plans in which a Spanish chef issues a challenge to pupils to hold a Big Lunch.

    See the resources
  • Partner Resources

    Children on pavement drawing with chalk

    Resources from our partners at Kingsmill and supporting organisations HOPE Together and Garden Organic.

    See the resources
  • Other activities

    Big Lunch activities for children

    Fun ideas for children of all ages to get ready for The Big Lunch, including making bunting and place mats.

    Find out more


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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