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Thanksgiving weekend June 6-7

The Big Lunch is back on 6 & 7 June 2020 – and this year it’s going virtual! The Big Lunch annual thanksgiving for neighbours is going ahead in spite of Lockdown and Northern Ireland is invited to join in.

The Big Lunch annual thanksgiving for neighbours is going ahead in spite of Lockdown and Northern Ireland is invited to join in.

Last year over 6 million people enjoyed The Big Lunch with their neighbours in towns and villages across the UK. With social distancing measures still in place Lunch looked to be set to be cancelled but and so it’s going ahead but this year it will be different.  

So many things feel uncertain right now. We don’t know what we will be doing next week, let alone next month. But we do know one thing for certain – we will definitely be having lunch, so let’s have lunch together… even if we have to be apart.

The idea is simple. In June each year, The Big Lunch encourages people to spend a few hours getting together with their neighbours, celebrating community spirit right across the nation. This annual thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities is all made possible with the help of the National Lottery.

This year, The Big Lunch is going virtual so neighbours can still celebrate with their communities… but this time from a safe distance, online, on the phone or at your door. Everyone is invited to take part in the annual thanksgiving for neighbours so get your FREE resources at and lets connect thank each other for being strong when it matters most.

Big Lunch Ambassador Ainsley Harriott is encouraging the nation to get eating and meeting… safely.

He says: “I’ve been involved in The Big Lunch for three years now as I love people coming together to share food, and this year is no exception. It is important for us to stay connected to our communities as we are relying on our neighbours more than ever. It’s heartening to see neighbourhoods looking out for each other, forming online contact groups and shopping for those who need help. We may not be able to go to restaurants or have parties right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t share a meal. Whether it’s a digital dinner or a virtual vino – we are all coming up with novel ways to stay connected during this health crisis. This year The Big Lunch is going virtual so invite your neighbours, your family and your friends. You can Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook or simply grab a plate of food and pick up the phone.  This summer for the first time in its 10 year history, The Big Lunch will become The Big ‘Virtual’ Lunch, with events running online, on the phone and on your doorstep across June 6-7. Everyone’s invited - so what are you waiting for?

Save the date for The Big ‘Virtual’ Lunch on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June and find out how to join in at

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