The Fun Games Brands We Love

Long, lazy summer afternoons call for fun family games. Be it a leisurely backgammon tournament or a more active round of bat and ball, these are the brands doing some of our favourites so well.

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Leblon Beach Bat Set, £231 | Frescobol Carioca


Frescobol Carioca is the brainchild of Harry Brantly and Max Leese, who were playing frescobol (a bat and ball game hailing from Brazil) on a French beach when passers-by kept stopping them to ask them where they had got their bats. Fusing quality craftsmanship with playful charm and handcrafted from several layers of sustainably sourced wood offcuts, each Frescobol Caricoa bat is one-of-a-kind and finished with a sea and sand-resistant resin. You can also choose from a range of coloured leather handles.


Backgammon Beverly Hills, £220 | Maison Games


Founded and designed by Misty Barnett, Maison Games makes cool backgammon sets that celebrate different holiday destinations. The brand was launched during the pandemic, when Misty couldn't travel, which explains why she came up with an array of fun colours and patterns to capture her favourite memories from past trips. Her favourite? The blue, ocean-inspired St Tropez set. 



SUNNYLiFE started out on the beaches of Sydney with one simple goal: to share Australia’s love of summer with the rest of the world. Bold graphics, show-stopping prints and trendy packaging all form part of the brand’s overall look, and the range of games is now extensive – it includes everything from neon-style dominoes to checkerboard table tennis sets and Lucite chessboards.


Daimon Downey Beach Bat Set, Checkerboard £25 | Sunny Life
Sorrento Backgammon Set, £425 | Not Another Bill


Not Another Bill offers a range of traditional games – including skittles, beach bats and backgammon – and gives customers the option to add the initials of their choice using hot foil monogramming, engraving, embroidery or digital printing. Founded by Ned Corbett-Winder, Not Another Bill has established itself as a destination for stylish presents – so bookmark this one if you’ve got an upcoming housewarming in the diary.


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