21 February 2022

This was an extra special year for The Big Lunch, as communities across the UK were invited to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch as part of the official celebrations for our late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Road Closed Street Party

Street parties have long been associated with national celebrations, and this summer was no different.

To help events run smoothly, we came together with partners Playing Out, Sustrans, Neighbourhood Watch and Street Party to send a letter ask the Department of Transport to make road closures free and easier for the Jubilee year - and beyond.

The good news is that lots of councils across the UK are already supporting The Big Lunch by waiving fees for road closures, running public Big Lunch events, encouraging communities to take part and even making funding available in some places.

We want to say a great big thank you to all those that backed The Big Lunch 2022, with this special recognition list of Platinum Councils.





Northern Ireland 

Councils across Northern Ireland have Platinum Jubilee programmes, many of which include public Big Jubilee Lunches. The Northern Ireland councils are all enabling community-led celebrations, have provided council community grants and  advertised The National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All funding, which provides grants of £300 to £10,000 - in addition to the Platinum Jubilee Fund.

Councils who have confirmed community support are:

Need help?

Want to close your road? Take a look at our top tips and get planning as early as you can!

If you’re having any problems with road closures, get in touch and we’ll do our best to help you. And don’t forget to order your free Big Lunch pack to help get your party planning started!

Information for Councils

Our annual research shows that the impact of The Big Lunch is long lasting – it creates connected communities, helps reduce isolation and loneliness. This increase in neighbourliness delivers substantial economic benefits for local authorities. These are just some of the reasons councils should support the campaign and if you’re wondering how, here's some simple guidance to help: