Our Day At FriendsFest!

Our Day At FriendsFest!

Hey everyone!

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.

Friendsfest Overall

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?

’Til Next Time,
BTB Xx
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9 Comments

  1. 12th September 2018 / 10:45 am

    I really want to go to friends fest! It looks like so much fun. The picture of you behind Ross’s curtain gave me a good giggle!!! Clare xx | https://www.clayaa.com

  2. 12th September 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I’ve only ever watched the odd episode of Friends but it’s something I’ve been telling myself I need to binge watch for ages now! Maybe I should do it on the flight to Japan or something. This is such a cool idea for big fans of Friends, I’d LOVE to be able to do this with all my favourite TV shows. I have seen the “pivot” episode which is hilarious and I love that you can take photos with the sofa, such a cool idea. And I’d definitely be copying Jake and getting a massive slice of pizza, yum! Iced tea to end the day is always a good shout as well, although I’ve not seen many episodes I’ve always wanted to chill out in Central Perk as the huge sofa looks so cosy. It’s a shame the game was too much money, that would be really fun to play x

    Alice {www.accordingtoalicex.com}

  3. 12th September 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Omg this looks so much fun! Really enjoyed reading your post xx

  4. 12th September 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I looked at going to Friendsfest, but the tickets were too expensive for me at the time. However, it looks absolutely amazing! Literally looks exactly like the set, I would have freaked out so hard! I’m glad that you had a great time, and I can imagine it being super overpriced!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  5. 12th September 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I’m not the biggest Friends fan, only watching the odd episode here and there but it sounds like so much fun for those who love the show. It’s crazy how well they recreated the set. The longevity of the show never fails to amaze me! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  6. Amy Ermie
    12th September 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Is this real?!?! Where is it now and where has it been all my life???

  7. 15th September 2018 / 1:34 am

    I haven’t been to any of these but would love to go! This post has reminded me of so many great episodes that have always been faves (apothecary table from a flea market, mocklat, Turkey on the head, PIVOT etc.) I’d definitely be up for pictures in all the iconic places, although the window one wouldn’t be for me 😉 this is a great post and I love all the pictures you got! Sounds like a lot of fun! ❤️❤️

  8. 17th September 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Ah all the pictures of this Friendfest event that I’ve seen look SO cool! I have FRIENDS on my ‘to-watch’ list, cos I really want to watch it from beginning to end. So I’ve always stopped myself watching episodes here and there! Obviously I’ve seen little bits and know who everyone is, etc. but I’m desperate to get started on the series!xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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