Big Game Weekend
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd August 2010
FREE EVENT at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)
Following on from the success of Armed Forces Day and the Pepys Show earlier in the year, the National Museum of the Royal Navy will once again transform Victory Arena at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, to welcome visitors to a FREE event – Big Game Weekend, on the 21st and 22nd August.
Visitors of all ages are invited to join in the fun and games with an impressive giant game of the classic ‘Battleships’, quoits, bowls, ‘float a boat’, face painting, the traditional game of uckers and other naval favourites from throughout the ages.
There is a stunningly created giant version of the snake and ladders style board game “From Sailor boy to Admiral”, which includes the original drawings lovingly recreated. The original version dating back to around 1895-1900, will also be on display.
For the older members of the family there is the opportunity to see ‘Tokyo Rose’ with her Pacific war game in the Victory Gallery. ‘Tokyo Rose’ was a Japanese radio propaganderist and quite popular during the Second World War. This delightfully drawn and slightly risqué board game was created by sailors on board the Australian escort sloop HMAS Warrego and dates back to around 1945.
Stephen Courtney, Curator of Photographs and Event Organiser for the weekend commented “This is a new event for us. The giant games have been great fun to make and I hope that our visitors enjoy playing them just as much as we have!”
There truly is something for everyone! No booking is required and all ages are welcome. www.historicdockyard.co.uk