I’ve been a rather busy bee recently; travelling to & from Wales like no tomorrow but on one of these trips we popped into Friendsfest for a spot of exploring. As you can guess from the name it’s a “festival” based on the TV series Friends which I’m a huge fan of so we thought we see what it was all about!!
To kick things off we wandered straight over to Central perk which of course is iconic & they made a fabulous job of recreating it. They made it a working cafe so it wasn’t the easiest to get a good photo but they also had photo ops with the sofa & Phoebe’s performance stage. I love a good photo op so of course I did my best drinking a fake coffee pose!!
I have to admit when we booked the tickets we were both unsure of what a Friends fest would really entail. There’s only soo much they could do & they did the best they could. As expected there wasn’t much to the festival side but they made every food stall Friend’s themed & had multiple photo ops available. There were also a bunch of set items such a police cars & wedding booths to play dress up. Unfortunately the festival side of it was a little underwhelming however the price is really great so you can’t complain. The staff were really interactive getting people signing & dancing on the main stage making the atmosphere really lovely.
Finally onto the best part which is why we all booked tickets!! The set tour was fabulous & you were let loose to explore all the props. Initially you were shown some of the original props & outfits which were protected. It was really nice to see the small details that went into the show & of course the famous Rachel’s letter to Ross!! Following on from the prop room you got to enter Chandler & Joey’s apartment, the hallway & Monica & Rachel’s apartment. Each set was brilliant; they really brought the apartments alive & made you feel like you were on the original sets. It was a little crazy so be prepared, people running around like crazy getting photos. Luckily at the end of each set you are asked to evacuate & it gives you the change to get an empty photo.
Even with the miserable weather definitely worth a visit even just to see all the sets. It really brought the programme to life & was a really relaxed day out. If you’re a fan of the show I would recommend popping down for an afternoon.