The Big Lunch
The Big Lunch is a simple idea. It’s about bringing people together across Wales for a few hours to share delicious food and a few laughs, and get to know each other that little bit better.
The Big Lunch is the UK’s biggest celebration for neighbours and happens every year on the first weekend of June; this year that means 6-7 June 2020. Usually it happens in streets, gardens, community centres, churches, parks, and other local places, however this year it will obviously be a bit different! Now more than ever it’s important to connect, but in 2020 we’re encouraging people to do this safely online, on the phone or on their doorstep.
It’s a great way for people to make new friends and feel part of a community, but behind the cupcakes and bunting, it’s having a real impact on our communities. Evidence shows that bringing neighbours together for a Big Lunch is not only fun, it also binds community spirit:
- Over 200,000 people in Wales took part last year at approx. 3500 events.
- 9 out of 10 people who attended a Big Lunch say it has had a positive effect on their community.
- 7 out of 10 people say they feel more confident and are more likely to get involved with community activities.
- 150,000 new friendships were made at Big Lunch events in Wales last year.
- Nearly 150,000 people in Wales say it helped them feel less lonely.
- 484, 000 people in Wales think that The Big Lunch could reduce crime and make neighbourhoods safer
- More than £300,000 was raised in Wales through Big Lunches last year (66% of which went to local causes or projects)
The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery. Eden Project Communities works regionally across the UK to support ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and make positive changes in their communities.