How the Big Lunch started
The Big Lunch was a very simple idea started in 2009 by the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 64 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year. The idea grew out of national research showing that people were increasingly feeling isolated from their neighbours and that communities were not developing as they did in the past. Organisers say that while there is a significant minority of communities that are close-knit and act as a beacon for neighbourliness, many of the country's communities are, at best, anonymous.

Organising a Big Lunch street party and Queen's 90th birthday street party
Croydon Council want to support local communities to ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch and this year to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday by throwing a street party. To aid this, the council has for these special occasions, committed to covering the cost of the Traffic Management Orders (TMOs) required for road closures.
If you are planning to close your road or hold a party in one of the borough's parks or open spaces for the Big Lunch, there is certain information that you must give them by Friday 6 May 2016. You can do this by completing and submitting the online party event form (click). This form must only be used for Big Lunch and Queens 90th Birthday Street Party purposes.
With the aim of making it really simple to apply to hold a Big Lunch or street party, the council will even cover the costs of closing your road and will provide you with:

  • Road closure signs - saving your street more than £1,000
  • Adequate signage will be provided for the closure of your road - saving you up to £150

All it takes is ten minutes to complete the form or a call to the team of customer services advisers, and the rest will be done for you.

You will just need to say:

  • Where the event is to be held
  • What sort of facilities will be offered - such as if you plan to sell alcohol or intend to provide catering from an outside source
  • When you want to hold it.

For the answers to frequently asked questions, or a list of available green spaces, see The Big Lunch - Frequently Asked Questions document which can be downloaded below from the Big Lunch website. In this document you will find out how to:
safely stage events

  • Arrange road closures
  • Arrange the use of land around your estate
  • Organise Big Lunches in parks and open spaces.

Big Lunch Website