OUR UNPLUGGED FAMILY GAMES NIGHT // with pork farms’ pork pies

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of tech, but when I think back to my childhood the very best moments were the ones that didn’t need power cords.

Picking plums straight from the tree, walking barefoot on the beach (or anywhere, for that matter – shoes pretty much became extinct during New Zealand summers, as I wrote about HERE), and endless games of Monopoly.

My sister and I would challenge my cousins, and a serious real estate battle would ensue. Everyone wanted the blue properties (because we knew Park Lane and Mayfair were proper fancy), and there were regular scuffles over who got to be the Scottie Dog.

Usually my cousin would win, and it wasn’t until about 20 years later she admitted she’d been on the take the entire time, embezzling cash from Monopoly reserves, and stashing it under the board. Shocking behaviour!

So when I discovered this week was National Board Games Week, all those lovely memories came rushing back, so we were thrilled to be sent our own Monopoly game, and invited to have some property developing family fun.

Monopoly board games championships N with money

Monopoly board games championships L with dice

In fact, the National Board Games Championships are also being hotly contested over this week, to find the UK’s board game King or Queen. Run by Pork Farms’ Pork Pies, in association with the Micropub Association, boards become battlegrounds, as the fight rages between warriors in the games of Monopoly, Taboo, Boggle, Trivial Pursuit and Jenga (all kindly supplied by Hasbro).

The heats were fiercely fought right across Britain last month, and this week those winners will be competing in the semi-finals, and then the grand finale in London *cue trumpet fanfare*.

But you haven’t missed out on your chance to get involved with all the board game glory, as you can get involved at home. Host your very own games evening and share your pics with Pork Farms’ Pork Pies before the end of Sunday, May 14, and you could win yourself a stack of boardgames AND a year’s supply of pork pies. All you need for the perfect family night in, right? 

All you need to do is sign up for a FAMILY GAMES NIGHT pack, which includes all the info you need to take part. Get playing, and good luck! 



  1. Midlife Singlemum - May 9, 2017

    We have started a screen free Friday night policy. I’m amazed at how lovely it is. We play Frustration mostly but I’m gently moving DD towards something a bit more strategic like kalooki or Rummikub.
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    • Jacqui - May 15, 2017

      That’s a REALLY lovely idea! Our broadband broke down last week and we were totally without internet for three days (gulp!). But it turned out to be a bit of a blessing as the girls were outside playing instead of being glued to an iPad screen. x

  2. Jenny - May 9, 2017

    My kids adore Monopoly but are only happy if it goes on for hours…..!
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  3. Jen - May 10, 2017

    I have such fond memories of board games from my childhood. Loved them. We have some at home now, and it is always a great feeling to sit down with the family and enjoy, regardless of the battles that ensue.
    I used to live out in the sticks, and would get snowed in during the winter. I recall one particular winter when it snowed so much, we were off scholl for at least a week. There was a man who worked with my father on the estate, and he got snowed in with us; couldn’t get home, so stayed with us. We played round after round of Monopoly. Great fun. My Mum has some really old sets, with wooden houses. She has a New York version. We have a Lincoln one. All fun.

    • Jacqui - May 10, 2017

      Aw, what a brilliant story; I think the set we played as kids had the wooden buildings too. I used to love all the different versions (but the original UK one will always be the best!). x

  4. Gareth Torrance - May 10, 2017

    I really miss playing Monopoly! I used to play it with my friends every weekend… Caught wait until my daughter is old enough to play!
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    • Jacqui - May 10, 2017

      Timeless, isn’t it? My girls are just old enough this year to play it properly – I’d forgotten how much fun it was! 🙂

  5. Ickle Pickle - May 10, 2017

    We love board games, and I should make an evening for us to play them more often. I think Cluedo is our favourite. Kaz
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  6. Kirsty - May 11, 2017

    I love monopoly but my husband doesn’t like to play it with me as I always win. I think it’s grata to unplug and board games are a fab way of doing that. We recently got cluedo which I loved as a kid!

  7. Sarah - May 11, 2017

    Aww I love Monopoly! Such a classic, its definitely my favourite board game!
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  8. Kiyshia - May 13, 2017

    This is something that I’m looking into doing with my kids. I love Board games and I too loved walking barefoot ANYWAY – much to my mother’s disapproval! lovely inspiring post and I’m definitely going to star incorporating more board games into family time. Thanks for this.

  9. Lubka Henry - May 15, 2017

    It’s so good to spend some time with the family offline.
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