Bit more of a fun and photo-heavy post today. I was meant to upload this a while back but I’ve had so much content to get done recently that it’s just been getting pushed back! But it’s finally made its way onto the blog today so you can all see our fabulous few hours at Friendsfest. A friend of mine got tickets when it first came to the UK 2 or 3 years back, I believe she went to Cardiff for it and it was such a tiny and exclusive event that the tickets were like gold dust. It’s safe to say I was very jealous as Friends is my all time favourite show and I’m not exaggerating when I say I watch it every single day.
Upon hearing that Friendsfest was returning and more importantly, coming to my home town, I did go a bit crazy. Jake and I bonded over our love of the show when we first met and almost 5 years down the line, we still spend so much of our time watching it together and quoting it in our daily conversations. We are definitely Friends fanatics… I grabbed us some tickets on the day they were released and the countdown began to the 27th August!
The Friendsfest Arena
We arrived soon after the little arena opened as our studio tour was quite early and we wanted to have a snoop around before it got too crammed in there. Central Perk had to be our first stop as I mean come on, how iconic! There was a man singing Phoebes odd songs every half hour or so that people sat and watched and swayed along to and the big orange sofa for us to get photos on, posing as the gang. After taking a few shots, we headed over past Phoebes Grandmas taxi to Joeys pizza as Jake was really hungry. He got a huge slice of pepperoni which was delicious and I really regret not getting a photo of it. I, however, do not regret taking a huge bite out of it.
There were plenty of photo opportunities around the arena to put yourself in the programmes most iconic scenes but in all honesty we weren’t that interested. It seemed like a fun novelty thing but we mainly just wanted to go to see the props and studio sets! Although we did jump in and get our photo taken on the “PIVOT” scene as there wasn’t a queue and who doesn’t crack up at it?
The Friendsfest Studio Tour
Our studio tour was booked in for 12:50pm so we arrived 15 minutes early as our ticket told us to and waited eagerly. They had photographs and personality traits of the characters up on the wall to read and Jake and I looked at Monica and Chandlers and just burst out laughing because it was us in a nutshell. As much as Ross and Rachels love story was a big thing in the series, Monica and Chandlers was always so much more solid and genuine which is what I love to think about mine and Jakes relationship. Despite being so different, we bounce off and counteract each other extremely well, much like Monica and Chandler.
Before entering, there were some actual props from the show to look at and they told us there were only two people that were allowed to touch them and they HAD to be wearing gloves. There was hugsy (a personal favourite), gladys, the turkey that got stuck on Joeys head, the geller cup, phoebes guitar and a few other bits.
The first stop on the studio tour was Joey and Chandlers apartment and the hallway. It had everything from the yellow sofa (with a fake hugsy on it), to the entertainment unit, the canoe and the barfa loungers. I thought it all looked brilliant and you could even leave messages on the iconic board on the back of their door.
Then came Monica and Rachels. Everyone was dying to get a picture with the iconic picture frame on the back of the door. Aswell as remake the scene of Rachel looking out of the rainy window when her and Ross were in another one of their spats whilst with or without played in the background. They had the french picture behind the TV too and Monicas little kitchen space looked so cute!
Last but not least and apparently new for this year, Ross’s apartment. There was of course lots of ‘cheap knock-offs and dinosaur junk’, the good old apothecary table and the tall curtains that everyone remembers from the unagi episode.
After finishing the studio tour, we grabbed an iced tea and blueberry muffin from Central Perk. They were slightly overpriced at around £3 each but were actually really super tasty and you’ve got to expect inflated prices at events like this. We really did enjoy our few hours here and it was so much fun seeing the studio sets for our favourite show. We grabbed a bar of mockolate each on the way out too as there wasn’t really any merch we really loved. The only thing that really caught my eye was the Friends Monopoly board game but it was unfortunately too expensive for me to consider.
Did you go to a Friendsfest date or are you planning to?