Reading Borough Council announces street party dates

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To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch and the Royal Wedding weekend, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of five weekends in the summer.

The weekends are 19-20 May, 2-3 June, 16-17 June, 23-24 June or 30 June-1 July. The first weekend is the official Royal Wedding weekend, the second coincides with the official dates for this year’s Big Lunch and the third was recommended by the Big Lunch for those who want to celebrate outside of Ramadan. The last two weekends have been added by popular demand for the Great Get-Together.

To help celebrate the Big Lunch the council will be waiving the usual road closure fee for any approved street party taking place over those weekends – so that residents can celebrate without any extra costs.

To apply to hold a street party for the Big Lunch on any of the above dates, please download the application form from and send it via post to Street Parties, Communications Department, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU or by emailing the completed form to The deadline for applications this year is 20 April 2018.

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

David Neale

David runs the Get Online Reading project, which uses a team of volunteers to promote digital inclusion around the town and help local people make better use of the internet. The Get Online team is based at Reading Central Library and does outreach sessions at other libraries and community venues around Reading. David also co-developed the RVA website.