Festivals and Events

Saturday 14 November 2020

A Virtual Charity Fundraising Event: Afternoon Tea and Activities 

After the success of last year’s Guild Fringe Festival and Pink Party in aid of Breast Cancer Now, the event organisers were really looking forward to showcasing these two wonderful events again this year, even bigger and even better. However, due to COVID we are now unable to hold these events this year, so instead, having been inspired by the amazing virtual coffee morning that Guild member Kay Banfield hosted earlier this summer which raised a huge amount of money for Macmillan, we are really excited to be bringing you a brand new virtual event that we hope will capture some of the essence of our previous festival and charity events.

Saturday 14 November 2020

What is The Good Stuff Festival in Kent?

The Good Stuff Festival is a one-day fundraising event that takes place online via our special private Festival Facebook group on Saturday 14 November 2020 raising money in aid of five wonderful charities/causes: Kent based Beams and Anim-Mates, as well as Coppafeel, Breast Cancer Now and The Blurt Foundation. 

More information on the charities can be found by clicking on the logos below:

The Charities/Causes 

These are the five charities/causes that the Good Stuff Festival will be raising funds in aid of. To find out more about each one, please click on their logo. 

Anim-Mates Animal Rescue


Private Animal rescuers, private sanctuary and re-homing service based in Kent run purely on donations and by volunteers


The Blurt Foundation


A foundation dedicated to helping those affected by depression



Breast Cancer Now

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Providing world class research and life changing care for people affected by breast cancer



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Educating young people about breast cancer and aiming to give the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer




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Kent Based Charity supporting disabled children and their families



How does the Festival work?


Throughout the day on Saturday 14 November, several virtual activities including demonstrations, workshops, talks, performances, interviews, and exercise classes will take place either live via Facebook live or pre-recorded and streamed into the private Festival Facebook group. These activities will run throughout the day and participants can tune in to as many as they like. Some of the activities you may just watch or listen to, others you may be able to join in with, such as the yoga session, all from the comfort of your own home or wherever you are that day. The schedule of activities will be announced very soon.

At: 3.00pm – 6.00pm the organisers of the event will be hosting ‘Main Stage’, where participants will be encouraged to get into the festival spirit by creating their own mini Festival at home, take part in the online activities and challenges, watch a very special live performance from songwriter, international speaker, coach and bestselling author James Dand from Inner Anthem along with guests from his recent three album release ‘Empowerment Songs’, all whilst enjoying tea and homemade cake supplied in your festival kit, whilst awaiting the results of the competition and prize draw winners. For those who took part in Kay’s coffee morning for Macmillan back in July, this may be a similar experience.  


The Festival will finish in the evening with a virtual quiz and treasure hunt taking place via Zoom. We encourage you to dress up Festival Style and there will be a prize for the best Festival Fancy Dress. There's no prizes for coming 1st so instead we enter everyone who attends the quiz into a draw and one lucky person will win a small prize. 

Participants will be able to log in and out of the Festival page during the day as they wish. 


How do I take part?

To gain access to the private Facebook group and join in with the event, you must purchase a ticket via the link below in advance. There are two types of ticket available. The standard ticket allows you access to the group to watch all the activities and gives you one entry to the free prize draw. A VIP ticket comes complete with a festival goodie-bag and kit for taking part in the ‘main stage’ event as well as an extra entry into the free prize draw. All profit made from ticket sales will be split evenly between our five chosen causes.

Please note, refunds are not available once you have purchased your ticket. More information on the Mini Festival kit and link to purchase tickets can be found further down the page.  

What are the Competitions?

The competitions are an opportunity to get creative and help raise even more money in aid of our five great causes. All profits made from the competitions will be split evenly between the five causes. There are prizes for the winners and for the photography competition you will receive a entry into the free prize draw for each competition entry made. The competitions are being judged by experts in the fields of photography and art.



Take a photo (Theme: Celebration)

Email your photo and name to: doorgatetheatre@gmail.com - subject: Photo

Donate £3.00 to our fundraising page - Ref: name

1st Place Prize: £80.00

2nd Place Prize: £50.00

3rd Place Prize: £20.00

Create a Picture (U16s only)

Create a picture out of any art medium (Theme: Celebration)

Take a photo of your artwork

Email the photo, name & age to: doorgatetheatre@gmail.com subject: Artwork

Donate £1.00 to our fundraising page - Ref: Your Name

Age Categories:

Under 6

7 - 11

12 - 16

Prizes for each category

1st Place Prize: £25.00

2nd Place Prize: £15.00

3rd Place Prize: £10.00

Closing Date for entries: Midnight on Saturday 07 November 2020

Link to Fundraising Page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GuildFest


There are two types of ticket available to purchase to watch and join in with the Festival. 

  1. Standard ticket (£5): Gives you access to the private Facebook group to watch and/or participate in the virtual workshops, activities and performances, access to the Virtual Quiz taking place on Zoom in the evening, as well as one entry into our prize draw (details below). Your ticket and information will be emailed to you. 

  2. The VIP ticket (£10)* (limited to a maximum number): We took inspiration from Kay’s 'virtual coffee morning in a box' for these tickets. They  include everything that comes with the standard ticket, plus an extra entry into the prize draw and come complete with a Mini Festival Kit Goodie Bag full of fun festival treats to create your own mini-festival atmosphere at home (suitable for two people to share). Examples of the Mini festival Kits can be found below.

*Please note VIP tickets are only available to purchase for those who are either able to collect from the Guild Theatre themselves on Friday 13 November 2020, or our lovely kind volunteers can deliver to your house on Friday 13 November 2020, to houses in the following post code areas only: DA9, DA10, DA11, DA12, DA13, ME2, ME1. Unfortunately, we are unable to post the goodie bags. Please contact us to confirm if you will be able to collect or require delivery.

The tickets are available to purchase from here :

VIP Tickets: Mini Festival Kit Goodie Bags









A fun little festival kit to help you create your own mini Festival atmosphere at home. The kit includes festival essentials such as your very own toilet roll made from recycled material, and a handmade festival lanyard. Small fun fancy dress items such as a flower garland, mask or whistle, bubbles, biodegradable balloons and of course glowsticks to help set the scene. Activities to complete such as decorating your card festival sign, wood slice decoration, friendship bracelet to make and decorating your paper cup and turning it into a Good Stuff Festival Masterpiece to enjoy your favourite beverage. 6cm fibre plant pot and sunflower seeds along with wildflower discs to plant to do your bit for the bees! A copy of the Happy Newspaper (check out the link below in our thanks section) because we could all do with a bit of cheering up in these strange times. A homemade body scrub made from sea salt, olive oil and essential oils to help wash away all that 'virtual' mud you find at festivals, and some very yummy treats including sweets, tea, biscuits, cake and/or scones or traybake that we can all enjoy (virtually) at the same time! You will also receive an additional entry into our prize draw (see prizes below). Please note these goodie bags are suitable for 2 people to share.

We have also added a few additional extras to the first ten festival kits that sell, which includes

a pack of Pura Wipes, Extra Cake, a Discount Code for the Panic Room, Gravesend online games,

and a postcard.

If you are a local business or club that would like to donate something to our bags such as

vouchers or other suitable items, please get in touch ASAP: guildfringefestival@gmail.com

An example of what a Mini Festival Kit Goodie Bag may contain

Prize Draw

We have some wonderful prizes very kindly donated to us by local and national businesses as well as kind donations from the festival organisers. You gain free entry to the draw by purchasing either a standard ticket or VIP ticket for the event and for every competition you enter. Prizes are currently as follows:

Candles from Firefly Candles, Crafts and Cards

Warmer and Melts from Alison Barron Scentsy

Voucher from Clip n Climb Tonbridge

Voucher from Pets At Home, Gravesend

Pura baby wipes made from biodegradable plant fibres from My Pura

Wine donated from Anim-Mates

Various bottles of Whiskey and Wine

Voucher for The Cheese Room, Rochester

Voucher for The Entertainer from the Entertainer, Bluewater

Kind cards for unkind Days from The Blurt Foundation

If you would like to support the event and donate a prize, please email: guildfringefestival@gmail.com

Links to the companies who have donated can be found at the bottom of the page. 

The Day: Workshops, Activites and Performances

Information and schedule coming very soon!

We are also currently creating the programme for the day and would therefore also love to hear from anyone interested in holding a workshop, performance of original material, talk about something important to you or promote your businesses. To find out more please email: guildfringefestival@gmail.com stating your interest and to receive an information pack. Please note however our event does not receive funding and is run purely by volunteers, therefore we are looking for people willing to donate their time for free in return for free marketing and the possibility of generating future interest in your business/activity.  

A Huge Thank you and Website links

Firefly Candles, Crafts and Cards

Clip n Climb, Tonbridge: http://www.clipnclimbtonbridge.co.uk/

The Panic Room, Gravesend: https://thepanicroom.net/

My Pura: https://mypura.com/

The Happy News: https://thehappynewspaper.com/ 

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