The Eden Project Big Lunch
The Eden Project has been bringing The Big Lunch to streets across the UK since 2009. This year, they are encouraging neighbours and communities to come together to share friendship, food and fun in celebration of the coronation of King Charles III on the 6th of May.
Since launching The Big Lunch in 2009, The Eden Project has reported 1.2 million events, with 1 in 4 people taking part in 2022 and 79% of attendees saying they have a stronger connection to their community following the event.
Last year, The Big Lunch was an official partner of the late Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. An estimated 6 million people took part in The Big Jubilee Lunch in 2012 to celebrate sixty years of her reign. These celebrations took place up and down the country and even extended worldwide in cities and countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan, Islamabad, Delhi, Durban, Kathmandu and even in the Arctic Circle.
Ten years later and The Big Lunch remains as popular as ever, with 2022 seeing 17 million people taking part in Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Other than celebrating royal events like Jubilees and Coronations, in 2020, the Big Lunch went virtual. With restrictions placed by the pandemic, communities had to celebrate online using Zoom and other online platforms.
In 2019, The Big Lunch coincided with Ramadan and The “Lunar Lunches” were born! The Big Lunch was hosted at Iftar (sunset) and was a wonderful way for Muslim communities to share food, friendship and fun with their neighbours and strengthen bonds during Ramadan.
Will you be flying your flags for the King’s coronation? We’d love to see your celebrations!