It’s not too late to plan your Get Together – here are 12 tips for planning your Greatest one ever
The countdown is on to the 22-24 June, when thousands of people up and down the country will be hosting Great Get Togethers, bringing together neighbours, friends and communities to have fun and celebrate everything we have in common!
Sounds exciting, right? Sign up to join The Great Get Together here
If you’re already planning your event make sure to add it to our interactive map here!
And if not, it’s not too late to plan your own! Whether you host a street party, a picnic or sports day, you will be part of something really big.
Here are 12 simple tips for organising a GREAT Get Together.
1. Decide on a time
Think about which dates and days would suit most of the people in your community so that everyone can make it. The most important thing is bringing people together, so if the official weekend of The Great Get Together doesn’t suit you, go ahead and choose another date.
2. Decide on a place
Remember – a Get Together doesn’t have to be big or complicated! It can be a few friends in your home, or a picnic in the park.
If you can’t host your own Get Together, take a look at our interactive map to find out about events happening near you. We’ll also be sharing news on social media, so keep an eye on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram for details on all the wonderful events happening as well as any posters or leaflets in your local area.
3. Have a think about the type of event you want to plan
Your Get Together can be anything you want – whether it’s baking for your neighbours, organising a BBQ sports match or throwing a street party. You can find out some more ideas here on what makes a wonderful Great Get Together.
4. Check in with the council
It is also always worth speaking to your local council! If you want to close your road, some extra planning might be needed, and they will able to guide you with what you will need to do.
Some local councils have ‘Communities’ teams which may be interested to know what you’re planning, and in some cases, they may be able to offer you some financial support!
5. Check whether you will need insurance
Getting insurance for your event depends on the kind of event you are planning to organise! If you are planning a small event and using a private space then you won’t need to get insurance. If you are planning a bigger event, insurance and carrying out a risk assessment might be necessary, take a look at our FAQs for more details.
6. Spread the word
Invite as many or as few as you are able to! A great place to start is adding your event to the interactive map on our website so people can find your event when they search your area.
You can advertise your event more traditionally with posters and leaflets, or through social media – either way, we have lots of resources here to help with this.
Remember – inviting people face-to-face is also a great way to encourage people to join in.
7. Decide on the food
Make the food as simple or as fancy as you want. You can always ask others to bring something!
Take a look at these recipes from Jamie Oliver, which are perfect for uniting those around you and represent some of the dishes that Jo Cox loved.
Organising small, private street parties and community events should be simple and things like risk assessments, licenses and health and safety certificates aren’t normally necessary.
8. Decide on some activities
Games are a great way to meet new people! You could create a local history quiz, or encourage people to get crafty by making hanging paper birds, like Julie.
We’ve put together lots of resources to help here, including a wonderful ‘More in Common’ colouring sheet you can print and have a colouring competition for the children
You can also print some of our conversation menus and put them out on the tables to encourage guests to be brave and strike up a conversation with someone new.
9. Have a think about any extra equipment you might need
Make sure you have enough chairs, tables and picnic blankets to accommodate everyone.
10. Decide on a party soundtrack
Guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government states you can play music without a license at your event as long as amplified music is not one of the main purposes of your event. So why not make sure you create the perfect party playlist in advance?
11. Get your gingham on!
Don’t forget to incorporate The Great Get Together theme in your event. You can find loads of ways to go crazy with gingham here!
12. Finally – sit back and enjoy!
Please do share your experience of the day!
We’re really excited to see the snaps of Get Togethers – big or small.
Feeling inspired? Sign up to The Great Get Together now