Friday, June 3, 2011 - 17:16

This Sunday, June 5, more than a million people the length and breadth of the UK are expected to sit down with their neighbours to take part in the third, annual Big Lunch, with thousands taking part in the South West.

A simple idea from the Eden Project, the aim is toencourage as many people across the nation as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.

Tim Smit, chief executive of the Eden Project, said: “It looks like more than a million people will be taking part in Sunday’s Big Lunch. From small neighbourhood barbeques, to street parties with bouncy castles and bands, Big Lunches are being held right across the country, bringing neighbours closer together and creating a spark of community spirit. We have had fantastic support throughout our campaign and we would like to thank all those making The Big Lunch possible.”

There are many events in the South West, with the following as a selection.

****Media are invited to all the following Big Lunches. Eden will also be providing images from these lunches on Sunday afternoon. For information, ring Angelina Lambourn 07738 077818****



What: Residents from five rows of cottages sit down together for a picnic and barbeque

Where: Rosewin Row, central Truro

When: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Contact: Ian Jones 07870 313036


What: Nearly 2,000 expected at a huge street party in the town centre

Where: Molesworth Street, Wadebridge

When: 1pm – 5pm

Contact: Harriet Wild 07540 399025



What: A party in the park for 200 people with live music

Where: Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Heavitree Road, Exeter

When: 12pm – 2pm

Contact: Kath Hadden 07752 626759

Noss Mayo, near Plymouth

What: A village get-together for up to 300 people featuring boules and children’s games

Where: Village Green, Noss Mayo

When: 12 noon onwards

Contact: Michael Leonard-Williams 01752 872261 or Patrick Duff 07866 381310


Stoke St Gregory, near Taunton

What: A village barbeque on the church lawn with music and games

Where: Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church, Griggs Hill, Stoke St Gregory

When: 12.30pm onwards

Contact: Barbara Carpenter 07773 055472


Fishponds, Bristol

What: A big barbeque for Fishponds residents with bouncy castles, football and outdoor games

Where: Emmanuel Church, 48 Forest Road, Fishponds, Bristol

When: 12 noon onwards

Contact: James Singh 07917 572313



For more information on the Big Lunch contact:

Angelina Lambourn

Media Relations Manager

01726 811941

07738 077818

David Rowe

Head of Media Relations

01726 811901

07813 041923

Notes to editors:

  • Eden Project Limited is owned by the Eden Trust, which is a fully registered UK Charity (No. 1093070).
  • Since fully opening in March 2001, nearly 13 million people have visited Eden and it has generated £1.1 billion for the local economy.
  • So far capital funding of £141.4 million to develop Eden has been raised from a combination of £55.5 million from the Millennium Commission Lottery Fund, £25 million from the South West Regional Development Agency, £26 million from European funds, £1 million from local and regional government (outside the RDA) and £33.9 million in the form of loans, lease finance and Eden's own revenue generation.
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