The mess I call Friendsfest


I've been deprived of Friends for a long time and have only seen a few episodes here and there, but the episodes that I did see was enough to get me hooked. One of my Christmas presents was entire Friends box set and I was just about to start watching it when it was added to Netflix (in the UK). This made it a lot easier to watch it for me and I've booked hooked on it ever since. I then found out that there was this thing called Friendsfest. Friendsfest. Oh god! What a mess that was.

I have never done a post being negative or bashing a brand/company. This still is not that. Instead
this is me spreading awareness of the event as I don't want people to feel the same amount of disappointment that I did and wish they never went, in order to save their money.

I was so excited for this and managed to convince my boyfriend Liam to come with me. I bought tickets and couldn't wait to go, but had to wait months to finally see it. I didn't know what to expect and just based everything upon what the website gave me - which I originally thought was a lot, but since going it was the bare minimum. August 6th rolled around so me and Liam made the 2 1/2 hour trip to Manchester, when we finally got here at 11.30.

The day got of to a bad start straight away. On the email that I got sent, there was only 1 car park advertised, which was obviously full. It took another 45 minutes to find a car park, where we then found one on the other side of the park (not advertised anyway). Followed by a 30 minute walk from the car park to the venue in the centre of Heaton Park. 


Friendsfest was described as a large convention (similar to comic-con) and sounded like it was 
going to be held in a building and have private sections for each room. It turned out be a few 
tents in a section no bigger than a football court. 

The website said there was going to be; Ross' apartment, the famous hallway, Rachel and Monica's apartment, Joey and Chandlers apartment and Central Perk. As well as a chance to recreate several scenes such as; pivot, Ross and Rachel's wedding chapel, opening scene and take a photo in the iconic yellow picture frame. I agree this was all here, however it was dominated by queue's.

It was said that this event would take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to go around. However I did it and saw everything in 5 minutes. Let me tell you, this was not worth the total of £55 and 2 1/2 hour journey. 

I spent the majority of the 30 minutes we were there in the gift shop, before walking around the event again. I picked up a t-shirt, fridge magnet and 2 bars of mockolate. The mockolate was extremely disappointing as it was the basic 30p chocolate you get in Asda repackaged and sold for £3.00.



The reason that I'm writing this post isn't to bash Friendsfest or the creators, but just to let 
people whom are interested in the event that it's most likely not worth it and isn't worth 
spending the money on, especially when nothing else is included and I managed to get to and 
from London with my boyfriend for cheaper. 

I love the idea of Friendsfest and that the creators of the event want people who love and still watch the iconic show to come together and celebrate. However it is a very hyped up event for what it is. If I was going to give a suggestion to the creators of the event I would suggest that they add bigger and better stalls, work on moving it to a bigger building without upping their prices or include a mini goodie bag with a souvenir booklet on the event. 

This isn't me trying to be rude or trying to hurt the company, this is just me 
sharing my experience with you so nobody is disappointed.


xoxo
Lea-Mai

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