Big Soup Share 2018

Harvest your homegrown vegetables and turn them in to soup to enjoy with others!

In 2017, to mark our tenth birthday, we launched the Big Soup Share and our members served over 57,000 portions of soup all over the country! It was such a success that we turned it into an annual event.

Take a look at what our members have done for #SoupShare in the past.

What is the Big Soup Share?

The Big Soup Share is a chance to celebrate the work you do in your garden by harvesting your crops, whizzing them up into a delicious soup and sharing it out with others.
You may wish to share your soup with the rest of your school or group, or hold a big event and share the soup with family, friends and other members of your local community.

After your event, we would love you to share your pictures and stories with us so we can see what you got up to!
On this page you’ll find lots of resources and activities to help you make your Big Soup Share extra special.

When can you host an event?

The last Big Soup Share took place between Monday 8 October and Sunday 14 October 2018. Details about the next official event will be announced in 2019, and there will be a chance to register for a printed resource pack. In the meantime, feel free to use our digital resources to host your own unofficial Soup Share event whenever you like.
Your event can last a lunchtime, a whole day, an evening – it's up to you! You might even like to host a whole week full of tasty meals and activities. 

Why should you take part?

We are very proud to have such an amazing community of gardeners in schools and groups across the UK. We see the Big Soup Share as a chance to celebrate all your good work and show others how fun growing food can be.
You can also use your Big Soup Share to: 

  • Create or strengthen links with your local community
  • Find new volunteers willing to help with your garden, and thank those that already do!
  • Promote your school garden to the rest of your school, group or community
  • Use our resources to help plan for your event and help you with what to do afterwards
  • Promote healthy eating to others
  • Raise funds by asking for donations towards the soup or by selling plants, cakes etc.
  • Gain press coverage by inviting your local paper or radio station along to your event
  • Put the work you do to run the event towards your Level 5 application in the School Gardening Awards and become an RHS Five Star Gardening School, as well as earn £200 in Gardening Gift Vouchers (if your celebration includes the local community)

You can use your Big Soup Share event to achieve whatever goal you like but ultimately we just want you to have fun! 

Get your free event pack

Registration is currently closed for this event. Details about the next Big Soup Share will be announced in 2019.

We've got a range of downloadble resources available now that you can find on the right hand side of this page, including soup labels, a bunting template, invitations and thank you cards.


Online Resources

We've got loads of online resources to help you with your event! Click here to see some of our favourites.

Printable Resources

Here are some resources that you can download, print and customise for your event.

  • Booklet
    Download the booklet included in the packs we sent out here
  • Bunting template
    Available in colour or black and white versions
  • Certificate
    To celebrate your hard work, you can print out the blank version or customise this version with your school or group name
  • Chef hat
    Download our template and instructions here
  • Invitations
    Customisable A5 invitation template available in colour or black and white versions
  • Poster - "Join us for our event"
    Download a copy of this A3 poster from the Event Pack here
  • Poster - "Today's Soup Menu"
    Download a copy of this A3 poster from the Event Pack here
  • Recipe template
    For you or your pupils to write on and available in colour or black and white versions
  • Soup labels
    Available in colour or black and white versions
  • Thank you cards
    Customisable A6 thank you card templates available in colour or black and white versions


Here are two of the recipes from last year that you can download and try for yourselves:

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Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards