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Why The Big Lunch matters for communities in your area

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felt closer to their neighbours

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of organisers said it boosted community spirit

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were less lonely

How to spread the word

  • Use our key messaging
    Encourage residents to request their FREE Big Lunch pack, full of tips and resources to help with their planning.
  • Share our posts on social media
    Use #TheBigLunch and #CoronationBigLunch across social channels.
  • Use or create a public services account on Nextdoor
    Sign up for an account if you don’t have one already
  • Promote the Big Lunch internally
    Talk to your communities, neighbourhoods, highways, tenancy involvement and diversity teams and ask them to support and encourage people and community groups in your local area to get involved with The Big Lunch.

How to reduce red tape for road closures

While Big Lunches can take place anywhere, a lot of people love holding them in their street (if it is safe to do so), creating a sense of identity with, and responsibility for, their shared space. So council traffic managers and highways teams may receive higher volumes of temporary road closure applications for The Big Lunch.

We advise event organisers to read our road closure guidance and contact their local council ASAP.

Help reduce barriers for Big Lunch street parties by:

  • providing clear guidance and simple forms for road closure applications
  • publicising application deadlines early and across all your relevant communications
  • grouping multiple applications together under a single traffic management order if possible
  • covering part (if not all) of the cost using any budget that is available
  • covering part (if not all) of the cost of street party insurance, on behalf of organisers
  • providing grants for communities unable to meet the costs, or linking organisers to local businesses willing to lend support
  • signposting to our road closure and insurance guidance

For further information, see this advice on holding a street party from

Road closure guidance: information to share

We know road closures aren’t always possible so in these cases, please try to offer an alternative council venue or park nearby, or encourage use of shared spaces and other local venues.

  • The time frame and closing date for road closure applications
  • What to do if an application is unsuccessful
  • Suggestions for alternative Big Lunch locations, eg. parks, community centres, communal gardens, car parks
  • Public liability insurance (if necessary)
  • Risk assessments
  • On-the-day signage
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Star councils

Council support, to encourage participation in The Big Lunch and help events run smoothly, remains as important as ever.

We are delighted to be working with so many authorities, of all levels, across the UK this year and to recognise them with a list of Star Councils 2023.

Find out more

Notes for councils in Northern Ireland

Thank you for your interest in The Big Lunch and Month of Community. If you would like to do more with us or need resources with a more local flavour please speak to our small but very helpful team who are keen to hear from you.

We know that you want to encourage local citizens to feel a strong sense of community and to be more involved in community planning and other local activity. By supporting people to come together where they live you can really enable this and we are always keen to support local people to navigate local road closure requirements.

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Resources for councils

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