Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:00

The Eden Project is closing its doors for one day on Sunday June 2 to encourage people to join in and support The Big Lunch.

The Big Lunch, Eden’s biggest outreach programme, is about millions of people getting together to share food, have fun and get to know each other better. The Big Lunch is made possible by The National Lottery and more than six million people take part each year.

Eden’s bold aim is to bring the country to a stop for a few hours as people come together where they live and enjoy The Big Lunch – building new social connections right across the UK.

Eden closing on June 2 means that the Dick and Dom live show at Eden, running from May 25 over the week of half-term, will finish on Saturday June 1.

Peter Stewart MVO, Eden’s Executive Director of  Outreach & Development, said: “The Big Lunch has never been more important - we want everyone to come together with their neighbours and we’re looking to Cornwall to lead the way and show the rest of the country how it’s done.

“Building strong communities and helping people get to know their neighbours is incredibly important. We’re encouraging Cornish businesses and communities right across the county to join in and share the fun by taking part in The Big Lunch in whatever way works for them.”

The Big Lunch is happening nationwide on the first weekend in June. A whopping 38 million new connections have been made through The Big Lunch since it started in 2009.  Last year 82 per cent of people at a Big Lunch said it had a positive impact on their community.

On June 2, Eden will close and Eden Project staff will be encouraged to spend time in their communities and support Big Lunches in their area.

You can find out more and get a free pack to help you organise your own event at