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Didn’t score yourself a ticket to Glastonbury? Stop sobbing and dust off your wellies, because there’s a new music festival in the UK. Welcome Grove Fest, a two-day music bonanza held in the garden of the award-winning Grove Ferry Pub & Inn, Canterbury, on 27 - 28 August.

Unlike most music festivals, Grove Fest won’t cost you a penny - unless you want it to. As part of owners Yummy Pub Co.’s Random Acts of Kindness campaign, manager Billy Morgan and his team are employing a “pay-what-you-can” standard and all proceeds will go to charity.

The festivities will take place at noon until late on both days, with six headliner acts on Saturday comprising of local university bands, buskers, music school artists and DJs - names to be announced next month!

To ensure that customers walk away with a full belly, the Grove Ferry will also be cooking up a feast of hog roast served with fresh home-made trimmings including seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes, brioche buns and coleslaw.

 “There’s nothing better than making others smile and so we figured, how best do we do that? Live music, BBQ food and lots of fun outdoor activity on a Bank Holiday seemed like a good start," says Billy. "Absolutely everyone is invited - humans, animals, aliens - you name it. Not only will there be some absolutely cracking live music and entertainment but also, it’s for a good cause.” 

The pub, which was recently voted the Best Pub in Kent in the National Pub & Bar Awards, will be celebrating the title by letting one of its guests choose which charity will receive the contribution. Each guest who donates money will be given a raffle ticket and the winner will be drawn at the end of the weekend.


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