The One Where I went to Friends Fest

September 18, 2016

Friends Fest has arrived in Yorkshire. The Festival opened their gates on Wednesday in the grounds of Harewood House. My Mum and I have been counting down the days since we bought tickets a couple of months ago. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but after seeing a couple of photographs from the London Festivals, I knew that it was an actual outdoor festival. Although today is the last day it’s at Harewood House, it will be moving on to Knebworth House between 21st-25th September and then Blenheim Palace the following week.


We popped on the bus from Leeds City Centre to Harewood House and ended up having to walk across a sodden field to get to the actual festival. We finally made it and was greeted by a big stage and screen playing viewers favourite moments. Each corner of the festival was home to a different ‘scene’ where we could go and explore and have plenty of photographs. We were feeling pretty peckish so the first stop was the Mockolate truck which sold waffles and crepes all served with Mockolate aka Nutella. Being the bad blogger that I am, I totally forgot to take a photo!

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Our timeslot to view Monica’s Apartment rolled around and we patiently got in the que. Before entering the apartment, everyone was able to reenact the opening sequence on the sofa with umbrellas. It was then on to the apartment which I’m pretty sure is a lot smaller than on the TV. There w343s helpful members of staff everywhere to take photo’s not just in Monica’s Apartment but in all the sets. It crazy to see the apartment and the kitchen especially was exactly the same.  I must say the lighting in there was not on point for photo’s!

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The Next Stop was Chandler and Joey’s Apartment. Well, a little bit of their apartment complete with lazyboy reclining armchairs and the famous TV cabinet and little rowing boat! Right by the set was the Chick and the Duck bar which sold cocktails for £7.50. The cocktails all were named after Friends related sayings such as Pivot!, Oh My God!, How you doin’, Bing-a-ling & Smelly Cat. I didn’t end up getting one but wish I had now as they sounded pretty good!

There was a short que to get into Central Perk and we got our photo’s taken outside before going in. A lady whose name I can’t remember was on stage singing Pheobe’s songs and doing ‘Smelly Cat Karaoke’. It was a bit of shame as there was a photo opp to stand on the stage with a guitar but they wouldn’t let you go for a photo if you wouldn’t participate with the karaoke. This was something I was not down for doing.


You could also get dressed up for Rachel and Ross’ wedding and head to Vegas at the little wedding chapel. Dance your socks off like Ross and Monica at the Silent Disco and do the dance, where they had set up New Year’s Eve. I absolutely loved Monica’s Moon Dance Diner. I’m not sure if this was because the Pork Sandwich we got was insanely tasty or I just loved the 50’s vibe. Every so often the staff there would start dancing around the tables just like the actual diner.

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I absolutely loved Friends Fest. I loved that it actually was a festival but with a twist. It’s crazy that there’s so many other people out there that must love it as much as I do. If you’re a fan of Friends, you need to go! Do you have tickets for Friends Fest? Have you been already?


28 comments so far.

28 responses to “The One Where I went to Friends Fest”

  1. Nikki says:

    I am super jealous of you being able to go to Friends Fest. There were no dates near me so I had to miss out. It looks amazing!!

    • rachelnicole says:

      Awh, that’s annoying! I did notice that Leeds was the only date in the North. I think it needs to travel around the whole country! xo

  2. I am so so excited to see these photos as I am heading to Friendsfest on Wednesday when it hits Hertfordshire and I literally can not wait x

  3. Tessa says:

    Ah I really wanted to go to this but the tickets seemed so expensive! Looks like it was really good though!

  4. Caroline says:

    Looks like such a good day.
    Was sad to have not been able to get tickets..
    I too would not have done karaoke.. but all the sets looks really good. 🙂


  5. Lovely photos. Looks like it was a fab festival.

  6. Angela says:

    This does look and sound really cool. My own friend Naomi went too and i’ve seen amazing photos. What a great opportunity.

  7. Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. I have tickets for Blenheim Palace and am now even more excited after seeing your fab photos. It looks amazing! Although I am not keen on doing the karaoke either so will likely give that a miss too 🙂

  8. Elanor says:

    This looks amazing!!! I love the idea of visiting all my favourite sets, I’ve been begging my partner to take me to the coronation street tour, but he’s not having any of it! 🙁

    • rachelnicole says:

      Yeah, I loved going round all the sets. It’s a massive dream of mine to go to the Warner Bro’s Studio Tour in Hollywood to see all the original Friends sets. I really want to see the Coronation Street tour too! I’ll come with you, haha! xo

  9. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh this looks awesome! I love Friends – what a great idea for a festival. Kaz x

  10. I am a fan of Friend’s but I had no idea that there was such thing as a Friends Fest, it looks like you had a lot of fun!

  11. Omgh could I BE anymore jealous! I love Friends and this looks an absolute blast!

  12. Charlotte says:

    I’ve never actually seen an episode of Friends (I know, shock horror!) but this looks like such a cool thing for them to do!

  13. anthea says:

    Oh my goodness I had no idea there was a ‘Friends Fest’! I’d love to go and see this it was an integral part of my thirties

  14. Miracle Max says:

    I went to Friends Fest a few weeks ago when it was in Essex, loved every second of it, Jo x

  15. Oh wow!! I used to absolutely love Friends and desperately tried to persuade my mum to let me have a Rachel cut (I was about 15) – she never agreed.

  16. Viki Marden says:

    Omg, I wish it would come closer, I love Friends and love that it is still so popular x

  17. Jodie says:

    I thought I was a fan of Friends, but I’m obviously not. I didn’t even know there was a friends fest. I thought I’d have to wait to visit New York…So jealous! Looked so much fun

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