Culture24 Listings Pick: Big Game Weekend at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Victory Arena

Chosen by Ben Miller | 20 August 2010
A photo of a young boy and girl playing a large-scale version of a board game

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s triumphantly-titled Victory Arena will be hosting a few conquests and disasters this weekend as visitors get the chance to play giant snakes and ladders, Battleships, custom-made twists on classic naval games and activities include facepainting.

It’s not just for kids – Tokyo Rose, a Japanese propaganda board game which proved popular during the Second World War, is a hand-drawn, risqué encounter designed by sailors on board an Australian escort sloop in 1945.

“I should probably be telling you that we are all working hard instead of playing, but I had a play of Battleships myself while they were making it,” confesses the Dockyard’s Melissa Gerbaldi. “It’s great fun.”

Runs 11am-4.30pm August 21 – 22 2010. Call 023 9272 7582 or e-mail the museum for more details.

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