Fun fan experience at FriendsFest

Fun fan experience at FriendsFest

24th July 2018 45 By Rachael Stray

Friends is still one of my favourite tv programmes so when I found out there was a festival dedicated to the show I jumped at the chance to get tickets for FriendsFest.

FriendsFest is the ultimate festival for fans of the show and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint.

The hubby and I went on the first Saturday of the festival in Newcastle and had a brilliant afternoon.

Steve and I posing

Steve and I posing

The tour is also coming to Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol and London too.

Included in your ticket price is a set tour where you get to go inside Monica’s purple apartment, have fun in Joey and Chandler’s bachelor pad and get your geek on in Ross’s.

You get to choose which time slot you’d like (depending on availability of course).

Inside Monica's apartment

Inside Monica’s apartment

Inside Monica's apartment

Inside Monica’s apartment

You’re encouraged to snap pictures galore but you can also pick up and sit on parts of the set – it’s really cool! You’re actually in the apartment sets and it’s like you’ve stepped foot into the tv.

Sitting on Ross's sofa

Sitting on Ross’s sofa

I got to hug Huggsy

I got to hug Huggsy

Brand new features for 2018 include a full scale Ross’s apartment set, as well as a unique photo opportunity of the Friends moment voted the fans’ favourite… pivot!

Recreating pivot

Recreating pivot

There’s also the ever-popular ‘Recreate the Titles’ experience, Ross & Rachel’s Vegas chapel of love, the 80’s High School Prom photo area and of course the chance to grab a coffee in Central Perk and much more.

Behind the counter at Central Perk

Behind the counter at Central Perk

Outside Central Perk

Outside Central Perk

You can also watch old episodes of our favourite gang on a large screen and tuck into themed food too.

Recreating the titles

Recreating the titles

A replica of Pheobe’s New York City taxi is another fab photo opportunity as well as the staircase where Ross, Rachel and Chandler struggled to “PIVOT…PIVOT” a sofa up to Ross’s appartment.

Inside Phoebe's taxi cab

Inside Phoebe’s taxi cab

We had fun dressing up and posing for photos at Ross and Rachel’s Vegas wedding, in Central Perk and inside a large version of the picture frame from Monica’s apartment door.

Recreating Ross and Rachel's Vegas wedding

Recreating Ross and Rachel’s Vegas wedding

Singing in Central Perk

Singing in Central Perk

A special Friendsfest shop completes the festival which offers exclusive memorabilia and merchandise and serves as the exit – very clever as you just have to buy something on the way out!

I bought a T-shirt, poster and a doormat.

There’s different hoodies, t-shirts, posters, games, stationery and lots more on sale. They do take card and cash too.

I think Joey and Chandler’s apartment was my favourite as there was so much to see and do in there. We got in the canoe, cuddled with Huggsy, stroked the dog, lounged in the chairs and played some foosball.


My overall thoughts on FriendsFest

I must admit that I booked the tickets before I really knew what the festival entailed but I knew I’d have fun as I’m still such a big fan of the show.

There’s plenty to see and do throughout FriendsFest. It’s really refreshing to be encouraged and supported to take so many photos and be able to touch and be a part of the iconic sets.

Now that Friends is on Netflix a new generation of fans are falling in love with the show and this festival really helps to bring it all to life.

I liked that the set tours have a specific time and you go in stages throughout the sets so it isn’t too busy. You also have an opportunity to take photos of the empty apartments too.

Although we had eaten before we arrived there was plenty of themed food you could tuck into.

We did enjoy our cans of pop from Central Perk though!

I ran into a couple of different friends of my own who were also enjoying the festival as we sat watching episodes of Friends in the big screen.

I’d definitely recommend this festival to any fans of the show – it’s great for families too and it’s really accessible.

Tickets to FriendsFest are still available and can be bought at http://friendsfest.co.uk/ it is in Newcastle until Sunday, July 29.


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Have you visited FriendsFest or another fan experience – what did you think? Let me know in the comments below


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