Wise Words is a programme of thought provoking talks, walks, music, performances, storytelling and poetry taking place in and around Canterbury across the year. Our work culminates in a ten-day festival that takes place each spring.

What Our Audience Say

Dan Simpson is a wonderful poet and friend of the Wise Words Festival. He gathered feedback from festival-goers and using their words created this beautiful poem. 

Call Out

For volunteers to join our Festival Family

Planning & making for this year’s Wise Words Festival is already underway and we hope you can join us for some creative adventures. We are currently looking for a Design Team and a Creative Team to help us transform the gardens into a magical space for the Festival.

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DOWNLOAD OUR 1ST QUARTERLY MAGAZINE HERE: Whether you already enjoy what we do or have yet to discover our more hidden activity, download our quarterly programme to uncover all the opportunities on offer.

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