London Borough of Croydon

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Organising a Big Lunch and street party 2017

This year's Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 18 June 2017.

This year’s event will be special as it coincide with the remembrance of MP Jo Cox and father’s day. We would encourage people from all communities to put on street parties in celebration of this.

Lunar Lunch 

We'd like everyone to be able to enjoy a Big Lunch. So if you or your neighbours are juggling busy lives, working irregular shift patterns or fasting for Ramadan on Big Lunch day, why not hold a Lunar Lunch instead? Find out more about Lunar Lunches.

Supporting local communities to have a Big Lunch

We want to support local communities to ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch 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.

How to get a road closed to hold a Big Lunch

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 we require and must receive by Friday 12 May 2017. You can do this by completing and submitting the online party event form. This form must only be used for Big Lunch and 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 - and 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. 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.

For further details of last year's events, and for inspiration and advice on setting up lunches, please visit the Big Lunch website, where you can show your support by registering your event.

How the Big Lunch started

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

The Big Lunch 2016

Hundreds gathered for street parties across the borough in celebration of the Big Lunch 2016 on Sunday 12 June. The nationwide annual event brought neighbours and communities together over a shared meal. This year’s event was extra special as the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday. 

For further details of last year's events, and for inspiration and advice on setting up lunches, please visit the Big Lunch website, where you can show your support by registering your event.

Downloadable resources

Planning your Big Lunch has never been easier! The Big Lunch website has lots of materials available to download. From editable invites and posters, to toolkits and logos, there should be everything you need.

Stay in touch

Follow the Big Lunch team on twitter or on Facebook.

Contacts

General enquiries number

Telephone: 
020 8726 6000
Minicom: 
020 8760 5797

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