Alert the church elders, take that turkey off your head and finish off your mouthful of beef trifle, The FRIENDS™ Experience is opening its purple door at the NEC in Birmingham on July 8, and tickets are on sale now. The iconic series has blessed us with many hilarious moments, memorable lines and a set that made us envious of fictional rent prices, and now you can step inside the world to indulge your love of all things FRIENDS™. This immersive experience has already gone down a storm in the US, Paris and Belgium and now it’s landing in nearby Birmingham – as long as nothing goes wrong with the left phalange, of course. Found just over two hours from central Bristol, this is the perfect day trip for any FRIENDS™ fans who fancy stepping through the screen into 90s Manhattan.
What will you find at The FRIENDS™ Experience?
Whether your Instagram is in dire need of new pics or you simply want to torment your fellow Friends fans with what they’re missing out on, The FRIENDS™ Experience is a photo op paradise with interactive sets, original props and familiar costumes. One moment you could find yourself putting your feet up in Chandler and Joey’s beloved leather recliners, the next you’ll be channelling your inner Ross, screaming “PIVOT” as you negotiate the sofa up the awkward stairs, or peeking your head around Monica and Rachel’s door a la The One With The Late Thanksgiving – don’t worry, you won’t need to bring turkey grease on this occasion.
You won’t be able to resist living out your favourite scenes as you explore recreated sets such as Monica’s (probably immaculate) kitchen, Joey and Chandler’s apartment, the gang’s favourite haunt Central Perk, and of course, the FRIENDS™ fountain. Quick rendition of I’ll Be There For You anyone? Ok, just me. On top of all that, the fashion-forward among you will enjoy perusing the lineup of costumes from the show. No doubt there’ll be some of you who’ll be able to match the outfit with the episode (we all remember the effortlessly cool 90s sportswear in The One with the Football so that doesn’t count).
Once you’re done with your nostalgic trip down television memory lane, you can swing by The FRIENDS™ Experience shop to grab a memento from a selection of exclusive merchandise. Could there BE more clothes and collectables? Well, yes but there’s only so much space and you’re sure to be happy taking your pick from the best of the bunch. Round up your friends and grab your tickets today. Come summer you’ll find yourself living out your own episode: The One Where They Visited The FRIENDS™ Experience.