2020 has been an unusual year so far but, as we (hopefully) exit the pandemic it is important that we don’t lose sight of the things that we have learned and the valuable insight we gained into what became important to us throughout this year.  

Over the past 12 months, the Stonyhurst community has come together to support one another and have adapted digital technologies to aid our learning, anywhere in the world.  As we look forward to a positive and prosperous 2021 it is important to keep our minds active and stay occupied during the Christmas break. We have created a series of activities to bring the Stonyhurst family together over the holidays.

First up, why not dust off your favourite board game ready for a gaming marathon with the family?

As we head into the winter months, with most of us still cooped up at home, there’s no better time to enjoy a classic board game to raise Christmas spirits and morale over the festive period. Board games create a shared activity and interest for family members of all ages, and make the perfect Christmas gifts for all.

One of the main reasons board games have become so popular after years of the internet taking over our social interaction, people are looking for more fun ways to spend time in person, and games are the perfect excuse to get friends together in one place (up to three households of course).

But, as with everything, some games will suit different people or groups better than others! Some are more competitive, while some are light and cooperative. Some are short and simple, and others are long and involved. We'll help you find the perfect game from our list the very best out there (in our opinion).

Here are our top five board games for this Christmas this year:


Stonyhurst Monopoly



Obviously, number one on the list! Enjoy exploring our campus through this very special edition of Stonyhurst Monopoly. You’ll have the chance to own the Chapels, purchase the Golf Course and even take over the Headmaster’s Study. Tour the board with your friends and family to become the Stonyhurst Monopoly champion.

Tag us in your photographs and videos using the hashtag #StonyhurstSpirit. We can’t wait to find out who wins your game!


Pictionary Air


A brand-new take on the classic game, this has the potential to provide you with hours of fun indoors. As well as purchasing the game, you'll need to download the Pictionary Air app to your phone to get started. Point the in-app camera at the illustrator and they'll appear, along with their sketch, on your phone's screen. Take turns drawing clues in the air while your teammates guess the images that appear on the screen and the team with the most points after 10 rounds wins.




Articulate is a great option if you have a large family and are at a loss about what to do. Split into teams (can be pairs), and take it in turns to make it around the board the fastest. To play, one person from each team must describe the word in the given category on their card without saying it, before doing as many as possible, within the time frame. 


Einstein Eats Eggs 


On each turn you get 90 seconds to guess as many of the three-word alliterative phrases on the cards as you can – the number of expressions you get right is the number of spaces you move on the board. So, one member of the team has to describe each word of the alliteration. They can describe, act, use synonyms, noises, anything really as long as they don’t reveal the words on the card. There are a huge 1,200 phrases to get through so it's perfect for a long evening of fun.


The Crystal Maze Board Game


Teamwork is paramount as players voyage through the four themed time zones in one of two teams competing against each other. Packed with an assortment of mental, mystery, skill and physical games, The Crystal Maze Board Game is sure to challenge and excite even the bravest of adventurers with success being rewarded in the shape of precious time crystals just like in the hit Channel 4 show. Each crystal won means more time to spend scrambling for gold tokens in the game’s furious finale.