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The Big Lunch’s human-warming effect

October 14, 2011
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This year’s Big Lunch, which took place on Sunday 5th June, saw the largest number of Big Lunches ever. The best part of 2 million people got together with neighbours to share food, make friends and more importantly – have fun! People of all ages across the UK took part from neighbourhood streets, gardens and parks to churches, community centres and even the local pub! And considering over a third of lunches had over 50 attendees, it sounds like it was a pretty big knees up!

It has been fantastic to hear your stories and see all the great photos taken by organisers and attendees. We’ve received some truly inspiring feedback from Big Lunchers who have reported positive results in their community following their lunch –an overwhelming 95% of organisers say The Big Lunch has been good for their community!

The Big Lunch proved not to just be useful for creating a great sense of community, attendees also found it a was great chance to enjoy good food, learn new things about the place they live in and nearly half the attendees said they simply enjoyed a good old street party! And with 87% of organisers meeting new people at the event, we hope to see more of you planning your own street parties next year!

But that’s not the only reason to get involved. When we asked this year’s Big Lunchers why you should have a Big Lunch…

•   89% said it encouraged sense of community
•   10% saw it as a good opportunity to raise money for charity
•   89% thought it brought generations together

•   84% felt it made them feel better about their neighbourhood
•   86% said it was a day to remember
•   69% identified a stronger sense of community after their event
•   74% created new relationships which would like to be continued
•   Over half of the people who attended said after their event they feel less isolated

We’re really excited about next year especially as despite poor weather 86% of organisers are likely to take part again next year. And we expect to see some new faces too as 97% of attendees said they would recommend The Big Lunch to friends and family!

We’ve already started planning for next year’s event, which falls on the Queens Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June so if you want to celebrate the Queen’s 60 year reign you can opt for a Big Jubilee Lunch pack when you register!  And considering 10 million people took the streets in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, 2012 looks to be even bigger than ever before!

To get in touch and share your stories about your Big Lunch email or share your photos with

Want to be more involved in promoting The Big Lunch by sharing your experience?
Find out about being a Big Lunch Spokesperson by contacting Fay Richards: or 0207 255 6482. And find out about our new Champion role by contacting Kate Groves: or 0207 255 6455

By Trudi Holden


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