22 August 2017

This year a whopping 9.3 million people joined The Big Lunch 2017 to celebrate community, commonality and friendship – that’s an incredible 14 % of the UK!

Photo of a rooftop Big Lunch in London

Evidence shows that bringing neighbours together for a Big Lunch is not only fun, it also binds community spirit.   With the sun shining brightly and The Big Lunch underpinning The Great Get-Together, this was our best year yet.

Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities, with millions of people taking to their streets, gardens and community spaces for lunch.

In that time the number of participants in The Big Lunch – an idea invented by the Eden Project and made possible by the National Lottery - has grown from fewer than a million in 2009 to 7.3 million in 2016.

This year The Big Lunch took place across the UK on Sunday 18 June, forming the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend, through a partnership forged with the Jo Cox Foundation.  

The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual celebration for neighbours aiming to bring people and communities together to celebrate connections and commonality. With 9.3 million joining in this year, we are already looking forward to 2018, our ten year anniversary!

Next year we hope to connect even more people with those they live alongside, but in the meantime join us in celebrating the impact of The Big Lunch 2017 on Twitter and Facebook, using #TheBigLunch and help spread the word The Big Lunch on 3 June 2018!