Pub Cricket And 4 Other Great Games For Long Car Journeys

It's the summer holidays, the kids are screaming in the back of the car and you're stuck in a 40 mile tail back all the way to Hunstanton. Here's some great games to play to ease the tension...
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While driving along, anyone who spots a car with a light that doesn’t work has spotted a pirate with an eye patch. Players shout ‘ahoy there’ whenever they see a pirate. The first player to fill a ship with four thirsty landlubbers wins!

Racing raindrops

A classic game to play when you’re bored looking out of a window and it’s belting down with rain outside. The rules are simple: each of you chooses one raindrop at the top of the window and watch excitedly to which one will dribble to the bottom of the window first.

Pub cricket

Taking it in turns during a journey, one player bats. This means he looks for pubs which the car passes. When one is found he gets a run for each physical leg possessed by the subject of the title of the pub. So The Jolly Sailor gets 2 points while The White Horse gets 4. The batsman is out if the sign has no legs, e.g. The Oak Tree. Then it’s the next player’s turn. The game ends at the end of the journey and the player with the highest score wins.

Snog, Marry, Avoid

Pick three celebrities, friends or people from work and make your mate choose their fate if they had to snog, marry and avoid one of each. For example: Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell and Alan Sugar. Remember, you can’t avoid all of them.


Put your iPhone or compilation CD on shuffle and play the first ten seconds of each track and see who can guess the name of the song and the artist. Make it trickier by also having to name the year to get extra points.

By Matt Weiner

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