What is Bicester’s Big Lunch?

The Big Lunch is a national initiative started by the Eden Project with the aim to get as many people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.

The first Bicester’s Big Lunch was organised by a few like-minded volunteers from Grassroots Bicester who believe that we are better equipped to tackle the challenges that we face when we face them together and Bicester would benefit from a community event such as this whilst promoting an environmentally-friendly ethos.

The first small event at Bicester Avenue has grown over the years and now takes in the town centre every year, on the first Sunday in June, taking over Sheep Street, Crown Walk, Pioneer Square and, new for 2016, Franklin Yard. There is a mixture of music, local community group displays, a food festival and charity stalls wholly aimed at providing an event that appeals to all ages. Tables and chairs are available to encourage the community to sit, talk to their neighbours and have lunch.

All this is provided by a small committee of volunteers who tirelessly fundraise to finance the event and we couldn’t do it without the sponsorship from local businesses.

Bicester’s Big Lunch is officially the largest Big Lunch in the UK and in 2016 we were designated as an ambassador lunch by the Big Lunch organisation.

If you are interested in getting involved, we are always looking for more volunteers, so please get in touch.