Family fun across the board!
Are you finding it a struggle to get your family to put their smartphones down and spend quality time together? Luring them around a classic boardgame will provide screen-free respite and more fun and thrills than the amount of points you can score for the word ‘caziques’ on Scrabble (that’s a whole 392!). With a 2016 study by NPD revealing that there had been a 20% increase in board game sales the younger members of your family may be more receptive than you think. Our cottages present the perfect backdrop to get cosy, with a roaring winter fire to keep you warm and a set of games to get your teeth sunk into. We’ve listed four reasons for making board games a priority in your holiday schedule.
Valuable family time
You may have heard stories of lifelong family feuds starting from that one Monopoly game, but board games don’t need to get dicey. Tabletop games are all about teamwork, collaboration and a (healthy) dose of competition! Family holidays are the chance to spend valuable time together and what better way to strengthen bonds than getting your team around a table and diving into a game of Snakes and Ladders or Trivial Pursuit.
Get your brain ticking
Working out who killed Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room might not seem an obvious learning opportunity, but board games are a great way to develop and enhance cognitive skills. From thinking on your feet to memorising a complex series of events they are great tools to improve patience, strategy and team play. Game playing may also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s according to one study. It keeps the old minds sharp and helps the young ones develop in a fun effortless way.
A chance to switch off
A balanced life is essential for good wellbeing and a clear mind, having fun with the people you love with no other distractions offers the perfect opportunity to switch off and reduce stress. While racking your brain for the correct spelling of ‘acquit’ in a game of Scrabble, games suck you into their own universe and give you a pause in a hectic world. Spending times on our screens might be an unavoidable part of our modern world but these precious moments on holiday give you the chance to switch on flight mode and take off into another world altogether.
Most of all board games provide us with the opportunity for good old-fashioned fun! You will no doubt end up rolling on the floor with laughter at one point in your evening, releasing endorphins and leaving the whole family happy and content.
With each of our four cottages having a wide selection of jigsaws, games and comfy seating – put the phones away, turn the TV off, get the wood burner going (or turn on the real-fire effect electric heater in Stone Barn) roll out the dice and let the games begin! If you want to have a holiday filled with activities – indoor and out – why not book one of our luxury character cottages on one of England’s national parks? Visit us online for availability and information: www.exmoorcharactercottages.co.uk