The Really Big Board Game Day Event & Giveaway with NSPCC NI

The NSPCC Northern Ireland recently contacted me about their ‘Really Big Board Game Day’ which is taking place on the 15th May, both in Northern Ireland and across the UK.


I’ve always been a massive fan of board games. I have many fond memories of playing Frustration and Uno Rummy and Othello with my mam, and I still remember being really disappointed that she would never play Monopoly with me (which was always my favourite.)
I’m pleased that my children love board games as much as I do, and we often have a family board game night. Our favourites include Mouse Trap, Buckaroo and Jenga. Those games which create a bit of suspense are always a lot of fun. The tense moment when you try to add another Jenga brick to the top of the tower, the gasps as it wobbles a bit, and then the eruption of laughter as the whole thing comes crashing down around us, it’s such good fun.
What I love about board games is that they really bring people together. Lets be honest, sometimes we are all pretty busy, and with work and school commitments we don’t always get to spend as much time as we would like together. Board game night is a great way to just get together and have a bit of fun for a few hours without any distractions.

On the 15th of May, NSPCC Northern Ireland are encouraging you to organise a Really Big Board Game Day. Get together with your friends, family, colleagues and wider community and raise some much needed funds for the charity. There is a suggested donation of £5 per person taking part in the event. They are hoping to raise money for their direct services, including play therapy sessions for children who have been subject to abuse. Events cane take place at home, work, school, a local community center or even in the pub. Wherever you decide to hold your event, all you need is a few board games and some space to play and you are ready for a fun afternoon. You can find out more information on the event, and register to hold your own Board Game Day here.

NSPCC Norther Ireland have very kindly offered a prize to help kick start your Really Big Board Game Day. One lucky winner will win a board game bundle, including two classic board games (either Guess Who, Twister, Connect 4, Monopoly, Cluedo or Jenga).


Are you holding your own Really Big Board Game Day event? If so, let me know in the comments below.

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  • Reply Tracy K Nixon May 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Monopoly! I have always love that game!

  • Reply Alison May 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome idea and for a great cause too, will definitely be doing something for such a good cause on the 15th

  • Reply laura banks May 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    trivial pursuit the family edition at the moment

  • Reply Liz Doody May 1, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Monopoly- gets very competitive!

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Cluedo – without a doubt! (It was definitely Professor Plum in the Library with the Revolver!)

  • Reply Iris Waldburger May 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I got a few I really like. But our favorite at the moment is the Logo game

  • Reply clair downham May 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    monoploy thankyou but would love to have twister

  • Reply leiajulie May 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    tower power which was made about 20 years ago and is like monopoly but is based on businesses in NI

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Scrabble is THE ultimate board game (in my humble opinion!)

    ~ Anthony G

  • Reply Jayne May 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I love scrabble, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  • Reply Angie McDonald May 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I love Mouse Trap!

  • Reply mummy24 May 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    cluedo – love the mystery!


  • Reply Kim Carberry May 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Monopoly! Even though it always ends in an argument….hehehe

  • Reply kasza May 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm


  • Reply Charlie Chub May 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    monpoloy! x

  • Reply Michelle Hollingsbee May 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm


  • Reply dorsetsgem May 2, 2015 at 8:35 am


  • Reply Aaron Broad May 2, 2015 at 11:23 am


  • Reply weir shane May 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Monopoly – i am always the banker – leanne w

  • Reply Elizabeth Briggs May 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    We love playing Monopoly and the Scene It Games 🙂

  • Reply LESLEY BRADLEY May 4, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Good old Scrabble!

  • Reply Amanda Walsh May 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    we love scrabble with the adults, for some brain power and ker plunk with the children

  • Reply Maxine Owen May 5, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Scrabble 🙂

  • Reply Gillian Moloney May 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Has to be kerplunk 🙂

  • Reply Emily Knight May 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I do love a game of Monopoly…but only if I win! 🙂

  • Reply Kelly Hooper May 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    go for broke

  • Reply Dessallara May 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I love Scrabble 🙂

  • Reply Gemma Snell May 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Scrabble has to be my favourite

  • Reply Monica Gilbert May 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Growing up, I always liked Life.

  • Reply Sarah Franks May 8, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Scrabble – all our family absolutely loved that game! I play it on my iPad these days, but I need to pick up a Junior Scrabble for my nieces.

  • Reply snarepuss May 8, 2015 at 6:07 am


  • Reply Vanessa May 8, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I love board games, especially Guess Who, which my mum and I always have a total laugh playing.

  • Reply Kez May 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Trivial Pursuit – family war time!!!

  • Reply donna jones May 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

    love scrabble

  • Reply Mummy of Two May 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    We love Orchard Toys' What a Performance

  • Reply joanna_kow May 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    old fashioned monpoloy

  • Reply Angie Hoggett May 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I always loved the game of life

  • Reply WeeWillieWilkie May 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm


  • Reply hazel rush May 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I love scrabble!

  • Reply Patricia Avery May 8, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Twenty Questions 🙂

  • Reply Andrew Hindley May 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm


  • Reply Jane Middleton May 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Trivial Pursuit

  • Reply Deborah Bird May 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Monopoly x

  • Reply Richard Tyler May 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Guess Who! 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Phillips May 8, 2015 at 11:23 pm


  • Reply Alexandra McGahey May 9, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Mine was a board game called Payday 🙂

  • Reply The Bargainista May 9, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I love Trivial Pursuit

  • Reply Jonathan Mason May 9, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Scrabble – I have always had a love of words

  • Reply Kim Neville May 9, 2015 at 11:23 am

    We like Cluedo

  • Reply Sarah Phillips May 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    We have really just started getting into monopoly junior, we also love a bit of bingo!

  • Reply alice carter May 9, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    scrabble!! i love it!!!

  • Reply Ellen Stafford May 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Monopoly… it so much!

  • Reply Natalie Crossan May 9, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Monopoly 🙂 It's a family favourite x

  • Reply Karis May 9, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Monopoly for me.

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