It's never too late to organise your own get-together with your neighbours. Whether it’s a couple of homes getting together for a picnic or a full blown street party, anyone anywhere can organise a Big Lunch at any time of year. The key ingredients are people and food!
To help get started why not check out our 5 easy steps for planning a Big Lunch.
Closing your road for your Big Lunch? Read our guide to closing your road.
You may be required to take out Public Liability Insurance, it's worth checking with your local council. If you do need insurance we recommend Event Insurance Services Street Parties. You could also join Your Square Mile, the UK's first Citizen's Mutual, for just £10 and get Free Public Liability Insurance and reduced Street Party Insurance for your Big Lunch. If you're a member of PTA-UK or Neighbourhood Watch Public Liability Insurance is included in your membership if your Big Lunch is held as a PTA or Neighbourhood Watch-run event.
If your event is small or doesn’t require road closure, street party insurance isn’t always necessary, but it’s worth checking with your council and neighbours to make sure you’re all in agreement. For more street party advice why not check out Streets Alive.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on this page, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 63 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. Since The Big Lunch started in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities, with tonnes of people taking part each year. A whopping 3.65 million people took part in The Big Lunch 2 June 2013!
The Eden Project started The Big Lunch because it believes that we are better equipped to tackle the challenges that we face when we face them together. The Big Lunch is led by the Eden Project and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009. From humble beginnings in year one, the number of participants has continued to grow each year, with almost four million taking part in 2013.
The fifth annual Big Lunch took place onSunday 2 June 2013 and was an enormous success. Thousands of events took place with bunting, games, food, competitions, music and dance - 3.65 million people got involved!
Will there be a Big Lunch next year?
Yes! In 2012 there were Big Lunches in over 70 countries from Tuvalu to Canada - it was a huge success! Our funding only enables us to post packs to UK residents but you can download a pack by emailing email@example.com - and we always love hearing about international Big Lunches!
Yes you can! If you want advice on how you could partner with The Big Lunch, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children, parents and teachers - The Big Lunch needs you! Schools can either hold their own Big Lunches, or help their pupils get ready for a local Lunch, for example, by making decorations and food, or growing veg. There are lots of ideas in our schools section.
Start your own! Perhaps find someone on the street who wants to come door-knocking with you to see who else wants to get involved. Or you could contact your local Neighbourhood/ Home Watch scheme and see if they are interested in helping to get your community together for a Big Lunch. Click here to find a scheme near you.
A Big Lunch can be as big or small as you like, can take place anywhere and involve anyone. Check out our five easy steps for organising your Big Lunch.
Whenever you’re ready! It really depends on what you’ve got in mind. If you’re hoping to close your street then it’s a good idea to get on to your local council as early as possible, as some councils require up to 12 weeks’ notice. It’s also good to spark up interest within the community with a couple of months to spare so that people have time to get involved in the planning and organising with you.
Absolutely not. Many events in the first three years of The Big Lunch were little more than two or three homes getting together. Big Lunches have taken place in all sorts of locations, from Fire Stations to back gardens. For street party guidance download the form from the Department for Communities and Local Government. We'd still love to hear about your event as part of the UK-wide movement!
Big Lunches don't need to be expensive. You could simply hold one in a garden (avoiding any council/insurance fees), ask people to bring food, make your own decorations and borrow furniture.
If you're up for a big bash, you could start a kitty with interested neighbours and set up a donations box on the day to recoup this cash, or even organise a raffle.
Unfortunately The Big Lunch cannot fund events, but there are some grants or funds you can apply for. Why not take a look at our tips on how to have a Big Lunch on a budget.Try searching the internet for local funding opportunities – your council may also be able to help you. Remember that a lot of schemes will have early application deadlines and will require records of how the money was spent.
Join Your Square Mile, the UK’s first Citizen Mutual, for £10 and get free Public Liability Insurance and reduced Street Party Insurance for your Big Lunch.
Organising small, private street parties and community events should be simple and things like risk assessments, licenses and health and safety certificates are not normally required. Everyone involved in a Big Lunch should take responsibility for themselves and those preparing food should make sure they do so in a clean and hygienic environment. If you are planning a larger event that anyone can attend or if you are selling tickets to your event, then there may be other processes and requirements that you need to consider. Your local council will be able to advise you on this.
Not at all! If you can’t close your road, you can hold your Lunch on any patch of land or any building such as a communal, private or pub garden, a local park, driveway, school playground, church, mosque, synagogue gurdwara or temple – wherever you want, as long as you have the relevant permissions. If you do want to close your street you will need to get in touch with the Highways Department at your local council to find out how to go about it. It’s best to do this as early as possible as some councils require up to 12 weeks’ notice. If you have any problems with your council, please email us at email@example.com as we may be able to help.
If you are having problems closing your road don’t fret The Big Lunch team are also here to help you. Get in touch with one of the team on 0845 850 8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try to plan ahead to share the tidying up duties, and, wherever possible, recycle or reuse what’s left over. Check out Love Food Hate Waste for extra tips.
Yes! If you’re having a Big Lunch we want to know. You can share your story with us by emailing it to email@example.com.
Yes! We love to see the pictures from your Big Lunches! We like to share them on Facebook, Twitter and The Big Lunch blog and website to show others what a Big Lunch looks like. Please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.