Gibsons keeps traditional games alive

Published on: 8th April 2013

Gibsons has teamed up with heritage centres across the UK to help children experience the play value of the games played by their parents and grandparents.Gibsons300

From June to August, a number of museums and heritage centres will be staging Nostalgic Play Events introducing children to time-tested traditional games such as Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Shut the Box, Pik a Styks and more.

Kate Armitage, a member of the Gibsons family, said: “We live in such a fast-paced world these days that children can’t comprehend that older generations had just as much fun challenging their friends to games such as Chinese Chequers or Mancala. Many of the traditional games require incredible skill and clever strategy with competency growing each time it’s played; so equivalent to reaching the next level of a computer game, there is satisfaction in having outwitted your opponent once again.

“A visit to a heritage centre or museum provides an educational and fun day out for all of the family and Nostalgic Play Events will give added value to the outing. We hope that children will enjoy their traditional play activity so much that they will want to re-experience it at home and keep these wonderful traditional games alive for future generations.”

Centres already on board include: Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood, Kedleston Hall, The Curtis Museum in Alton, Aldershot Military Museum, Basing House in Basingstoke, Andover Museum, and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. A full list of venues and dates will be available on the website at

Heritage centres or museums wishing to join with Gibsons to host a Nostalgic Play Event can contact Christine Scippo on 01525 374 020, or email:

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