The Big Lunch Chipping Sodbury 2017

The Big Lunch Chipping Sodbury 2017: Seaside Sodbury

Join us on Sunday 4th June from 12:00 noon to  6 p.m. for a fantastic fun family day centred around Broad Street in the heart of Chipping Sodbury!

It’s the return of The Big Lunch, Chipping Sodbury’s annual festival combining elements of picnic and street party. This year’s event has been named Seaside Sodbury and will have a beach theme. Dozens of beach huts lovingly hand-painted by the organisers of the event will be installed to set the scene and put you in beach party mood despite the inland setting!

But will it feel more like the English seaside or the beaches of Rio de Janeiro? Strange question, you might think? Well, among the star attractions will be a live samba band! Yes, those relaxingly serene Brazilian percussive grooves, that for many decades have been filling discerning listeners all over the world with inner calm and happiness and the insatiable desire to get up and dance with a smile on their faces, will be thronging through the streets of Chipping Sodbury. Can you resist the siren song of the samba?

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And that’s not all! Other live bands, singers and dance acts are expected to attend, so it won’t just be samba all through the afternoon. If music or dancing is something you enjoy, you could be in for a treat.

Also in attendance will be a professional circus clown and an opportunity not only to see in action but also to learn and try for yourself some circus skills! The circus crew will even be holding a circus fancy dress competition. Could you be the best turned-out circus performer on the day? Why not participate and see what reaction you get from the crowds and the judges?

You may either bring your own picnic or order take-away food from any of the participating local pubs, cafés and restaurants. For reasons of public safety, the organisers have respectfully asked that people kindly refrain from setting up barbecues. But you are welcome to bring your own chairs and, if you wish, portable gazebos.

Prize competitions for children are also expected to be on offer, as well as a raffle for visitors of all ages.

History of The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch takes place simultaneously in communities the length and breadth of Britain on the first Sunday of June. It was first established by the Eden Project in Cornwall as an initiative aimed at strengthening community bonds and spirit, and has been held in Chipping Sodbury every year since 2012.

Previous themes of the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch have included the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in 2013, the 70th anniversary of D-day in 2014, the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in 2015, and the 90th birthday of the Queen in 2016.

The local event is organised entirely by volunteers for the benefit of our community, and is run on a not-for-profit basis.

All of us at the JMI Bathrooms Chipping Sodbury showroom have enjoyed the previous years’ events, and are expecting to enjoy this year’s just as much. We hope to see you lots of you there! 🙂