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.
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!