A simple idea that brings people together

Big Lunch 2015 date: Sunday 7th June

By Communications Officer Bronagh Diamond

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project, made possible by Big Lottery Fund. The aim is to get as many people as possible from all across the UK to go out and have lunch with their neighbours, to celebrate community, friendship and fun. This will be the biggest year yet for Northern Ireland, with Big Lunches being held in communities from Belfast to Fermanagh and beyond.

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The Big Lunch happens annually on the first Sunday in June. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities. In 2014, 4.83 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the sixth annual Big Lunch.

Grainne McCloskey, NI manager for The Big Lunch, said: “This is a great idea that brings local people together and strengthens community ties.

“Big Lunches can be anything from small street gatherings where neighbours share sandwiches and a cup of tea, to much larger events with hundreds of people.”

“There will be Big Lunches across Northern Ireland, this is set to be our biggest year yet. It is a great boost to community spirit – and people have a great time doing it.”

This year, the main Big Lunch day is Sunday 7th June. If you would like to grab a picnic and get involved, there are several public events happening around the Belfast area this weekend:

Saturday 6th June

Millisle, The Green, Ballywalter Road: 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 7th June

Belfast Castle, Antrim Road, Belfast: 11am – 3pm
Belfast City Hall, City Centre: 12.30pm
Farset Big Lunch, Ballysillan park: 1 – 3pm
Castlerock Community Association, Peter Thompson Hall & playing fields: 1 – 3pm
 Common Grounds, City Church organised in partnership with the Belfast Friendship Club.University ave, 12-24 University Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim BT7 1GY: 12.30pm
Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, 26 Crosskennan Lane, Ballynoe Antrim, BT41 2QY: 1 – 4pm
Castle Upton, Templepatrick: 1 – 4 pm
Whitehead Cross Community, Methodist church, Whitehead : 1pm
Groomsport Village Association in the village centre: 1.30 – 4.00pm
The Governor Rocks restaurant Donaghadee BT21 OHE, Big Lunch charity fundraiser 02891884817 govrocksteam@gmail.com

There are lots more neighbourhood Big Lunches happening on the day. Ask around to see if one is planned near where you live or add one to this map:


Click here to find out more about the Big Lunch and discover how easy it is to host one in your community.

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