Cool Events Column: Friends Fest at Willen Lake!

MKFM news reporter and presenter Sam Carmichael picks out some great upcoming events for fans of the American TV sitcom Friends, Reggae music and more…

Six months ago, if you were to tell me that by the summer all restrictions would be lifted and that thousands of people could attend local events, I would’ve chuckled and reverted into my banana bread frenzy.

Well, here we are! It’s a strange time and we’re all adjusting to the ‘new normal’ at different paces, but I’m glad that we can finally dust off those diaries and start making plans again.

What better place to start than to put your newly obtained lockdown knowledge of the hit TV show Friends to the test?

The award-winning Friends Fest will be held at Willen Lake from 20th to 30th August.

Visitors will be able to grab a coffee at Central Perk, play foosball at Joey and Chandler’s place, and get ready to shout ‘PIVOT’ at the top of their lungs.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities and props from the show, perfect for any die-hard fan. Tickets must be booked in advance at

And as we emerge from lockdown, it has never been more important to support our local grassroots music venues such as MK11 and Unit Nine.

The independent businesses have been shut for over a year and their finances have taken a big hit, so why not take a look at their upcoming events?

There are plenty of gigs, club nights and sports events coming up this summer.

If you’re keen to get out but would prefer to be in the open air, then there are plenty of festivals to keep you busy!

The Reggae Festival is at the top of my list. It touches down in Campbell Park on Saturday 14th August and will feature
some of the biggest Reggae artists around.

You’ll hear from Aswad, General Levy, Maxi Priest, The Maytals, and spend the day listening to other Dancehall, Dub and Jungle tunes.

Oh, and eating from a Caribbean food market with vendors from near and far!

Tickets are on sale at

This feature was published in the August/September 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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