Remember: deadline for street party applications 20th April

13 April 2018

Communities wishing to hold street parties this summer are being reminded to send in their applications now to avoid paying the usual road closure fees.

Long-time supporter of the Big Lunch, Green Party councillor Rob White said: “Big Lunch street parties are a great way to build community. I encourage everyone to talk to your neighbours about organising one for your road.” 

This year, Reading Borough Council is giving residents the opportunity to hold street parties over five weekends as part of the national Big Lunch Weekend, to celebrate the Royal Wedding and to take part in the Great Get Together, but applications must be sent into the Council by Friday 20th April to take advantage of the special offer to waive the usual fees on those weekends.

The available weekends are 19th & 20th May, 2nd & 3rd June, 16th & 17th June, 23rd & 24th June, and 30th June & 1st July.

The first weekend is to celebrate the official Royal Wedding, the second coincides with the official dates for this year’s Big Lunch, the third dates are for those who wanted to celebrate the Big Lunch outside of Ramadan and the fourth and fifth weekends are for those who want to get involved with this year’s Great Get Together.

Residents wishing to apply to hold a street party for any of the above dates can complete the form at

Completed forms should be sent to: Street Parties, Communications Department, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU or sent by email to

The Council will need to know the date and time of the proposed event, the name of the road or section of road that needs to be closed and whether it is part of a bus route or used by through traffic. Permission will be granted subject to the road not being a main through route or a public transport route.

For further ideas or help in planning your Street Party please visit the Big Lunch or Street Party official websites at and

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