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 10 easy steps for planning a Big Lunch.
Closing your road for your Big Lunch? Read our guide to closing your road.
Some councils may require you take out Public Liability Insurance as part of your road closure application. 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 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.
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The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 62 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 millions of people taking part each year. A massive 8.5 million people are estimated to have taken part in last year’s Big Lunch on Sunday 3rd June 2012.
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, is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and supported by MasterCard, Asda and Kingsmill.
The fourth annual Big Lunch took place on Sunday 3rd June and was an enormous success. A record breaking 8.5 million people took part - in Big Lunches or ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ as this year the initiative formed part of the Diamond Jubilee programme of events announced by Buckingham Palace. On top of the thousands of events that were held in the UK, Big Lunches also took place internationally – from Melbourne in Australia and Akure in Nigeria to Rio De Janiero in Brazil and Delhi in India. Read more about The Big Lunch 2012.
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 the best part of 2 million people taking part in 2011, and a whopping 8.5 million getting involved in The Big Lunch 2012.
Yes! If you’re having a Big Lunch we want to know. The majority of events take place on the first Sunday of June but you can hold your event whenever works best for your community. The Big Lunch 2013 will take place on Sunday 2nd June.
You can get a free postal or downloadable pack by signing up here or by calling 0845 850 8181. The pack includes lots of goodies like seeds, invites and posters.
Will there be a Big Lunch next year?
The Big Lunch has been running since 2009 and will continue to be an annual event for the foreseeable future; in fact we’d love the Big Lunch to become part of the nation’s annual calendar – like a ‘Thanksgiving’ for neighbours! The fifth annual Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 2nd June 2013.
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.
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 email@example.com.