On Wednesday this week Mike and I visited Friends Fest at Blenheim Palace. We had never been before so did not know what we were in for. Our set tour was scheduled for 5:40PM with hopes of it being a bit quieter that during midday, however we were ALMOST late for it as there were so many road works and traffic jams on the motorway, but we made it with 3 minutes to spare, which I thought was pretty impressive on our part.
When we arrived the view of the palace itself was gorgeous, but as we were in a rush we said we would go back to have a look. Unfortunately we couldn’t work out our way back to where we had seen the view we both wanted to capture a photograph of.
Once we had parked the car it was only a short walk to the festival and after we got our tickets checked we headed over to the set tour. At the beginning of the tour there are a few glass cases with a selection of props and costumes in for you to look at along with pictures on the walls.
After spending about 10 minutes looking at the pieces we were allowed onto the sets, they had scheduled it so you had enough time to walk around the set and then get an empty photo afterwards before moving onto the next one.
There were at least 30 people on our tour so we were very limited on space when given the free run of the sets, and for someone like me who likes clean photos without anyone in the background, it proved difficult to take any photos. So therefore Mike and I stood by the side of the sets people watching and waiting to get them good empty photos before moving on. We were chuckling to ourselves as there were so many people taking cringey pictures like ‘look at me sitting in a chair’ or ‘look at me opening the fridge’ etc etc. As we are both not them kind of posers we found it quite entertaining watching people get those tourist worthy pictures. I mean we both are friends fans but wouldn’t go as hardcore as some of the others on our tour were.
When we had finished with the 3 sets we went to grab a coffee at the Central Perk stand and of course I had to take an obligatory photo of my coffee cup – how insta of me.
You could also have a photo outside of the shop as well as have a look around the inside, I was waiting patiently in the queue for a photo of the sign as I wasn’t in the mood for a picture, however the assistant insisted that we had one so what the hey – so here enjoy our off guard photo.
After I finished my coffee and got chased by a wasp we grabbed a bite to eat and then sat by the big screen in the center for a little bit before having a photo each with the police car. We both avoided the dress up photo sets as we are both very introverted and the thought of wearing the same clothes and wigs as tons of strangers weirded us out. We also swerved the ‘create the titles’ set as the queue was HUGE and again, we don’t really like posing for people we don’t know – it’s just awkward.
And that was about it, we did all we wanted to in a bout 1 hour and off we went back home. On the website they recommend allowing 2 1/2 hours for your visit however we did skip a couple photo sets so I can see how you can use up that time, especially with having to queue up.
Overall the event was OK but we wouldn’t rush back, for £26 each a ticket we weren’t massively blown away but it’s something we can say that we have done, but we would recommend going to have a look if you love friends as it is nice to see the set up of the main sets off camera.