Street Party


As the Royal Wedding is fast approaching more and more attention has been paid to the number of street parties being thrown to celebrate that special day. The tradition of street parties goes back to 1919, when ‘Peace Teas’ were held to celebrate signing the Versailles peace treaty after the First World War. They were focussed on a special treat for children in times of hardship and were quite formal sit down events. Later, street parties were thrown to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V (1935), the Coronation of King George VI (1937). Then, residents continued to have street parties to mark all major national days: the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth (1953), the Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana (1981). These parties were organized during the summer and became a big tradition of getting together with neighbours.

This year, on the 29th April, a lot of towns and cities in England are planning to throw street parties to join the royal wedding celebration of William and Kate.  Below you can see how it looked during the last royal wedding in 1981.

Nowadays, street parties are very relaxed food-to-share arrangements thrown at any time to promote neighbourliness and a sense of community.

A recent offshoot which started in 2009 is The Big Lunch from the Eden Project. The idea is to get as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours.

Lesson idea: Plan your dream street party

Get students to plan their dream street party.
What kind of food would it be?
What music?
What street?
What games?



  • Would you like to play a Royal Wedding game with your students? Have a look what the BBC just put up on their website – It’s a game asking you to collect Kate&Will souvenirs.
    It’s quite interesting to see what sort of souvenirs are out there. What’s your students’ (and your) favourite souvenir?
    Maybe you’d even like to ask your students to create their very own Kate&Will souvenir!

    Posted by Eva Maria Schmidt on April 27th 2011

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