Free MONOPOLY Scavenger Hunt in Leeds City Centre

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27 July – 1 September

Leeds is set for a unique summer adventure as the streets come alive with the world’s first city-wide MONOPOLY experience. From 27 July to 1 September, the iconic board game will take over the city, providing immersive gameplay for families.

Event Highlights

  • Free and family-friendly event
  • Explore 22 key locations across Leeds
  • Solve puzzles and play mini-games
  • Discover giant tokens in eight themed zones

The MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover, organised by LeedsBID and under license from Hasbro, celebrates Leeds’ rich gaming heritage while offering entertainment and prizes for all ages.

Why Leeds?

Leeds was home to Waddingtons, Britain’s leading manufacturer of board games and playing cards. Since the 1930s, Waddingtons produced the UK version of MONOPOLY, responsible for the famous London properties in the game. The MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover honours the city’s heritage, celebrating the place synonymous with the iconic game.

Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive at LeedsBID, said, “A key attribute of placemaking is honouring a place’s rich heritage, and this year, LeedsBID has looked at a new and innovative way of animating the city centre that does just that. MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover is the ultimate placemaking game, paying homage to the city where it was produced so many years ago, with local streets and landmarks represented as the board. In collaboration with key partners, we are providing a free, large-scale, family-friendly activity during school summer holidays to inspire people of all ages to come by and have fun exploring Leeds, while helping drive that essential economic impact for businesses.”

The Takeover

Combining elements of the traditional game with a scavenger hunt feel, the MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover leads players on an adventure across the city centre. Key locations and landmarks will feature as the board, with giant tokens, clues, games, and puzzles around every corner for players to discover and solve.

The city centre will be mapped out like the MONOPOLY board and divided into coloured zones, each housing a life-size MONOPOLY token in key retail locations. Participants can hunt down tokens like the battleship, boot, duck, iron, racing car, Scottie dog, top hat, and wheelbarrow.

Real streets and transport locations, such as Leeds City Station, Leeds Bus Station, Wellington Place Lifting Tower, and Leeds Dock Water Taxi, will be incorporated into the game. Utilities are represented with photo opportunities, such as a floating tap and light bulb, along with a cell where people can ‘Go to Jail.’

How to Participate

  • Pick up a map highlighting the main game areas
  • Choose your starting point and explore the city
  • Complete puzzles on the back of the map
  • Interact with guides inspired by MONOPOLY tokens
  • Win prizes at the Community Chest and Chance locations

Students from the Leeds Conservatoire, posing as characters inspired by the MONOPOLY tokens, will guide participants, check puzzles, and hand out stamps for correct answers. Additional activities include weekend workshops at Waterstones, hosted by the Bank of England, and mathematical games at MathsCity.

Key Partners

Key partners include Child Friendly Leeds, Leeds Corn Exchange, Merrion Centre, Royal Armouries, St Johns Centre, The Light, Trinity Leeds, The Junction, and Victoria Leeds.

Sadiya Salim, Partnership Development Coordinator at Child Friendly Leeds, mentioned, “Child Friendly Leeds was established with the ambition to make Leeds the best city to grow up in. LeedsBID has been on the forefront of making Leeds city centre a place to visit and have fun, while being inclusive for all children and families, especially during school holidays. The MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover is exactly that – and we want to ensure as many families as possible can experience this wonderful free event in the city.”

Matt Proulx, Senior Vice President, Global Experiences, Partnerships and Music at Hasbro, added, “For nearly 90 years, MONOPOLY has been a timeless classic enjoyed by many generations, bringing friends and families together through its engaging, thrilling, and – sometimes even – emotionally driven gameplay. The MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover is sure to bring all of that to life through this free, immersive themed experience, and as we gear up for the brand’s milestone anniversary next year, fans can expect to see more fun, new brand offerings to celebrate the world’s favourite family board game.”

Event Details

The MONOPOLY Leeds Takeover will run from 27 July to 1 September. For more information, visit MONOPOLYLeeds.com and follow on social media @MONOPOLYLeeds.

Where

Leeds City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire
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When

27th Jul - 1st Sep, 2024

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