Transition Chepstow

Chepstow Big Lunch

Read a report and see some photos from this event from June 2017: Biggest ever Chepstow Big Lunch in the Castle

Sunday, 18th June 2017, 12-3pm at Chepstow Castle. Bring your own picnic, come celebrate with local community groups and clubs, choirs and bands! Free children's activities, bouncy castle. Get your free pass from the 950 celebration programme or a free Cadw pass from Town Council or the Tourist Information Centre. Organised by Transition Chepstow, supported by St John Cymru Wales Ambulance Caldicot Division and Cadw.

The Big Lunch is an event organised annually across the whole of the UK where people have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
We are organising Chepstow’s own Big Picnic at Chepstow Castle to celebrate 950 years of our town. Transition Chepstow is also celebrating 10 years of activity!

Bring your own picnic and enjoy live music from local choirs and bands, free children’s activities and a showcase of local community groups!
Join in the fun! Prizes to be won: Best Healthy Picnic, Best Green Picnic, Best Historical Picnic.
Choirs and Bands playing at Chepstow Big Lunch: Chepstow Musical Youth Theatre, Chepstow Community Choir, Offa’s Tykes (Ukulele Band), Chepstow Male Voice Choir, Jig of Slurs (Folk Band), and Chepstow Choral Society

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come in for free? Yes – we will only ask you to show that you are local by bringing an invitation from the 950 celebration programme. It will be sent to thousands of households in the area! Chepstow residents can also use a Cadw pass they can receive for free from the Town Council or the Tourist Information Centre. If you are not local or a Cadw member, the usual admission fees apply that you can find on the Chepstow Castle website. All performers and participating community groups come in free!

What if it rains? We are covered! There will be a canopy in the Castle that can cover around 350 people and we will have 22 gazebos from Town Council for community group stalls and activities.

Can I bring a disposable barbecue? No barbecues or cooking allowed on site. Please bring a picnic that is ready prepared. You can also bring chairs, blankets and decoration!

10 ways to help Chepstow have the best Big Lunch

Wondering how you could contribute and be part of the team bringing Big Lunch to life?
Here are some ways you could help:

1. Invite your community group to join the celebration and show what you do
2. Invite music performers
3. Welcome and coordinate musicians on the day
4. Set up an activity (such as a treasure hunt, face-painting, storytelling)
5. Offer to greet people at the entrance for 30 minutes
6. Help set up gazebos to offer cover in case of rain
7. Safeguard health&safety during the event
8. Help pack away and clean up after the event
9. Bring a picnic and join in!
10. And finally, don’t forget to invite your friends, family and neighbours!

Any amount of help would be very welcome, don’t hesitate to give us a call or a message at 07971 566936 or Thank you!

Are you part of a community group and would you like to come to the Big Lunch to showcase what you do? You are welcome to contact us above to arrange for you to join in!

Let us know if you’d like to join in and invite your friends on Facebook!