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Street Parties & the Big Lunch

Street parties are a good way to get to know your neighbours and bring together people of all ages.

Small street parties are usually organised by and for the residents of only one or two streets. Larger public gatherings which are advertised and open to anyone, like carnivals, are best left to professional event planners.

How to apply

If you want to hold a small street party you must apply to us between four to 12 weeks before, to let us know that you are planning an event. 

We need to know:

  • The date and time of the party/event
  • If you want to close a road or section of road - and its name
  • Whether the road is part of a bus route or used by through traffic.

Closing the road

You must get permission from us if you want to close your road to traffic for your event. There would be a charge for this. You will always need to make sure that the emergency services can still get through if they need to.

Consulting your neighbours

Before we give permission we also need to be sure that you have consulted with, and taken account of, the views of your neighbours and everyone likely to be affected by your plans.

Apply to hold a street party

You can find more advice on throwing a street party on The Street Party website.

The Big Lunch, Great Get-together and Street Party applications 2020

Saturday 6 and  Sunday 7 June - Big Lunch

Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June - The Great Get Together

We want to support local communities to ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their neighbourhood through this year's Big Lunch and Great Get-together, and we are giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on any weekend throughout the summer. To make the process easier this year we will not be restricting party organisers to 3 particular weekends but instead offer you the change to hold your street party on any weekend between Saturday 6 June - Sunday 5 September.  All we require is that completed applications have reached us by the 1st May 2020.   

To help celebrate your neighbourhood this summer we will be waiving the usual road closure fee for any approved street party taking place over this time - so that residents can celebrate without any extra costs.

To apply to hold a street party this summer complete the Street Party Application form at the following link by the 1st May 2020. Visit the Big Lunch website for further information. 

Information relating to Play Streets.

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