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Five reasons why board games bring us together

As the nights draw in and the leaves begin to fall it’s the perfect excuse to get yourself cosy, put some logs on the fire and bring out the board games.

Darker evenings and chilly autumn nights are a great time to get the family together with a game or two.  Our friends at John Adams have a number of fun family games for you to try during your Forest Holidays escape, there’s something everyone in the family will enjoy. 

We’ve gathered a few reasons why the old-fashioned board game deserves a revival whilst you’re on a break with us.

1. Television programmes divide the generations, board games bring them together

Who agrees on a television programme? It’s a rarity amoungst the family. The mighty board game world has something that will be fun for every generation. There will also be games that you can work together on as a team; a skill that we should encourage in our children when we can!

2. They bring us together without staring at screens

It’s that lull after supper with everyone sat on the sofa. There’s a likelihood that everyone has their head buried in their phone. With social media, there’s a fear of missing out and a need to check what others are doing socially. It has such an impact that we forget to live our own lives to their fullest. Board games help bring us back into the real world, and hopefully disconnect from the digital world for a while. 

3. You’re creating memories you won’t forget

You’ll laugh, you’ll shout, someone might even cry! What we’re fairly sure is that you’ll remember that board game where you were all snuggled round in your cosy cabin for years to come. That’s what holidays are all about; creating memories to talk about in the years to come.

4. There’s something for everyone!

Board games come in all shapes and sizes. Play is an essential part of human nature at any time of life. It strengthens the bonds between us, relaxes or excites us, sparks our imagination, and helps keep us sane. Some games are easy, some are a little more taxing, some get quite loud, some of a calmer affair. Whatever the mood is in the cabin, there’ll be a game that will work for you.

5. There's nothing like a bit of healthy competition

Something remarkable happens when friends and family gather face to face around the table to share the same experience. It’s good for us to win and lose every now and then. It teaches us to be gracious in victory – and hopefully not brag about it too much!

Family playing a board game at Forest Holidays

You can create your own games night by hiring out a special games crate at all of our locations. Take a look at what games are in the crates below...

Rubik’s Race 

Rubik’s Race is the ultimate face to face race.  Each player slides their tile trying to recreate the Rubik’s pattern and be the first to drop the divider frame on their completed side of the board. Shift It, Slide It, Solve It!


Linkee is a super-simple, shouty-out quiz game with a twist. The twist being you don’t win by answering the questions but by working out what the answers have in common.

Rummikub Word 

Form the longest possible words to score the most points!

Rummikub Twist

The family favourite game with a surprising new Twist! Rummikub Twist includes 3 new Jokers to add more strategy, fun, challenge and pace to the gameplay: Colour Change Joker, Mirror Joker and the Double Joker join the standard Joker.


The fast paced game of sketching and guessing, with hilarious results! Draw what you see, then guess what you saw. All players simultaneously sketch, pass, guess and laugh to reveal hilarious and unpredictable outcomes from each player’s original word!

Othello Classic 

Othello takes a minute to learn and lifetime to master! It’s the internationally acclaimed two player strategy game where you trap and capture your opponent by placing your disks on the board.

Rubik’s 3x3

The Rubik’s 3X3 is the best-selling puzzle in history.  It has over 43 quintillion combinations but it can be solved in under 5 seconds!  Its unique turning and twisting action and simple colour concept made it the world’s number 1 puzzle.

Think Words Spin

Think Words Spin is the fun, fast-paced game which is simple to play – spin it, name it, take it!

Triominos  De Luxe

Add a new dimension to the classic family game of dominoes with Triominos Deluxe. Use triangular pieces with sides worth different points to compete against friends and family as you try to score the highest by matching tiles together.

Don’t Be a Donkey

Don’t Be a Donkey is the fast-paced card swapping, carrot grabbing game! Can you get a full house of matching donkey cards then be fast enough to grab one of the available carrots? There are not enough carrots to go around, so if you’re too slow, you’ll turn into a donkey!

 Board game bundle at Forest Holidays