Are you ‘Game on’ for a new challenge this Christmas at Sudbury Hall? - National Trust


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Game On: A supersized snakes and ladder and other board games feature at the National Trust’s Sudbury Hall where rooms have been converted into board games for Christmas. Visitors themselves are the playing pieces on the snakes and ladders board while other traditional board games featured include Scrabble, Guess Who and Cluedo.


A magical world of festive board games has been created in the rooms of Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood in Derbyshire.

For the first time visitors can play their way around the hall as part of interactive, larger-than-life versions of family favourite board games, until 6 January.

Since board games are an integral part of Christmas for many families, the team at Sudbury Hall have carefully converted the rooms into traditional board games such as Scrabble, Guess Who and Cluedo. The Porch Room will house a giant, two-metre version of Buzzwire while the Saloon will become home to a super-sized Snakes and Ladders where people are the playing pieces.

The event designers and team at Sudbury Hall have paid homage to the historical Vernon family who once owned and lived in the hall with insights and anecdotes woven through the room sets. The team have carefully curated a vast selection of gaming memorabilia and 1930s’ props to help stage an eclectic experience. With the use of atmospheric lights, evocative sounds and smells, visitors will be transported into an immersive gaming experience.

Nikki Kirby, General Manager at Sudbury Hall said: “We are looking forward to seeing the family favourite pastime of playing board games come to life at Sudbury this Christmas. Playing board games together at Christmas is a tradition for many families, so we wanted to offer a new experience where all our visitors, whatever age or background, can truly interact, and most importantly, have some fun.”

Visitors can continue their gaming journey with a trip to the Museum of Childhood where board games from Christmases past are on display. Before visitors leave, they can even call into the confessional booth and perhaps admit to cheating.

Game on at Sudbury Hall runs from 22 November 2019 until 6 January 2020. Entry is free for National Trust members and included in the normal admission price for non-members. All visitors, including members, must pre-book tickets. Further information available here.

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The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.  More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does. Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 780 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Almost 27 million people visit every year, and together with more than 5.6 million members and over 65,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.

For more information and ideas for great seasonal days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk