Fundraising Auction

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Wise Words is a small festival, run by a tiny team with shed loads of passion but only a small budget. You, our loyal and generous audience help to make our dreams for the festival come true. Each year we reach higher, trying to bring you the very best artists and experiences we can.

We have been incredibly lucky to receive support from Arts Council England, Quinn Estates, Canterbury Connected, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Christ Church University, and Canterbury Council as well as in-kind support from Southeast rail, The Abode, House of Agnes, Index Magazine and Dodgems and Floss.

In the final 3 weeks we still have £1000 minimum to raise and are hoping that an auction night will help us towards this target.

Lilford Gallery have kindly offered to host this event on Thursday 20th April and we can promise a night of fun, laughter, a few drinks, some entertainment and the chance to support Wise Words whilst gaining some incredible art; tickets to events; romantic meals in the city’s top restaurants and much much more!

To be on the guest list email & put AUCTION in the subject box

If you would like to submit a bid online this needs to be made by emailing , putting AUCTION in the subject box and stating the item you are bidding for and the amount of your bid within the email. Bids must be placed before 6pm on Thursday 20th April 2017. 


James Bland

1 original oil painting
340mm x 490mm (framed)

Guide Price: £750

James Bland is an English figurative artist born in Grimsby who now lives and works in Kent. He exhibits frequently in fine art galleries and major art fairs in London. He was the 1st prize winner of the The Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2013. In January 2015, he was elected a member of the New English Art Club, a London-based exhibiting society, based at the Mall Galleries.

Lilford Gallery

An original painting

1 Original Oil Painting By Frank Laszlo
260mm x 210mm (framed)
Guide price: £295

Established in 2000 and now one of the leading galleries in the South East, Lilford Gallery exhibits works by established artists as well as finding new and exciting talent.

Le Mouton Rouge

A bottle of Champalou – sparkling wine

Guide price: £15

Situated close to the Westgate Towers, Mouton Rouge is a friendly, family run independent wine merchants, with a focus on French Wines, Malt Whisky and a superb range of Local Ales. The store is a treasure trove for people searching for an alternative to mainstream outlets, stocking an extensive range of carefully crafted products. Always on hand to offer advice and suggestions when looking for that special bottle, owners Marion & Jamie have passion, experience and enthusiasm for the trade. Monthly wine & whisky tastings are jolly, social events which are now an integral part of community life, with newcomers, warmly welcomed.

The Abode Hotel 

Afternoon Tea for two

Guide price: £39.00

A selection of finger sandwiches and cakes, fruit tart, macaroon, plain and fruit scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream. Accompanied by a hot drink of your choice.


The Canterbury Sport & Fitness Centre 

5 x 3month memberships

Unlimited use of the gym, plus access to the Canterbury Spa

Guide price: £55.00 each

The Canterbury Sport & Fitness Centre is the last development of a 3-phase plan at Canterbury College, which includes a large 4 court sports hall, split partition Fitness studio & gym. Upstairs houses our business centre, which caters for external clients / businesses.

The membership gives the user unlimited use of 37 station gym, which boasts all new Pulse equipment, which is IFI accredited, a large functional training area with functional rig & a free weight area. Membership also includes access to the Canterbury Spa to use the Sauna, Steam room & Jacuzzi with many beauty & hair treatments available at additional costs.

Cass Xuxin Yoga 

1 x private session, or a 4 class pass.

Guide price: £40.00

Cass is a registered yoga teacher (RYT® 200) trained in Ashtanga Yoga tradition. She runs regular Yoga & Pilates classes in and around Canterbury, 1 to 1 private lesson, workshops and retreats. She also hosts the free outdoor practice during the summer, which is very popular within the community.

The Veg Box Cafe:

1 x print created by Elizabeth Child
1 x £10.00 food voucher

Guide price: £25.00

Making simple vegetarian and vegan food special is their passion and they use the best local, organic and fairtrade produce available. They cook delicious breakfasts and lunches on the premises every day. They also provide excellent teas, coffees and an exceptional range of homemade cakes. Everything is readily available to take away in their handy compostable boxes.

The Canterbury Spa

Cut and Blow Dry x 2
Shellac Gel Polish x 2
Spa Treatment x1

Guide price: £10.00 – £15.00 each

The Canterbury Spa is a professional-quality commercial spa & salon. It offers a range of hair, beauty and nail treatments, and is the perfect place to unwind and get a bit of time to yourself (without breaking the bank). Treatments are carried out by trainee hairdressers and beauty therapists, assisted by industry experts.

Sun and Moon festival:

1x Family festival pass (2 adults and 2 children)
7 days of workshops and activities, including camping in the Herstmonceux Castle!

Guide price: £480.00 or £160.00 (17+ years) each, £80.00 (4-16years) each

Their mission is to bring people together in an atmosphere of love and respect, acceptance and friendship. They promote personal growth and development in our community, and consideration for all people and the planet. To find out more about this amazing festival click HERE

Fruitworks Space

1 x month Unlimited Works membership
Brand new Hot Desking space in Canterbury City Centre.

Guide price: £80

If you are looking for a space to work without the extra’s, Fruitworks Space is the place for you. Ideal for freelancers, remote workers and SME’s – Fruitworks Space offers packages to accommodate the needs for those needing simply an unlimited fast internet connection, desk space and a chair in the heart of Canterbury. Access is between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday

Gulbenkian Theatre

1 x Family Ticket to Suites Curieuses (Up to 5 people) | 28th May

Inspired by one of the best-loved fairy tales and featuring famous characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Suites Curieuses mischievously plays in the shadows of a magical world where animation comes to life.

This 45-minute playful work is the perfect length for children aged 2yrs+. It features stunning theatrical staging and beautiful interaction between dancers and projections; don’t forget to keep an eye out for the toy train!

Suitable for ages 2+ | Guide price £25 | Details HERE

1 x Family Ticket to Babberts Book of Lost Stories  (up to 5 people) | June 3rd

 This is the story of Bambert – an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories. And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little balloons, in the hope that they will find a home. The stories contain instructions: whoever finds them is to return them to Bambert with a stamp from wherever they landed, so he knows where they should be set. But as each day passes, and no stories return, Bambert’s hope begins to fade.

Will his stories ever find a home?

Suitable for ages 8+ | Guide Price £25 | Details HERE

Marlowe Theatre

The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jane Eyre | 4 Tickets | June

The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

Guide Price £80 | Details HERE

Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild | 4 Tickets | June

For Lilly, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit – and Oona charges into the jungle, with her young rider desperately clinging on.

With a large cast and puppetry design and direction by two previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, this epic and spectacular production brings Michael Morpurgo’s story to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity.
Recommended 6yrs+ | Guide Price £50 | Details HERE

Bake Mates | Sweet treats delivered straight to your door

Midnight Feast | Delivery can be 7pm-11pm any day of the week to CT1 and CT2

Choose 4 cakes, 4 brownies or dough-bars with 4 drinks & 4 sauce pots

Guide Price £30 | Details HERE

A Picnic on a Punt Just for Two

Imagine drifting through the ancient city of Canterbury on a punt, enjoying a delicious picnic with a friend or lover…

You can choose to go on a journey through Canterbury’s past, hearing stories of times gone by whilst witnessing the city from the unusual perspective of the river, or go upstream into the beautiful meadows and countryside that surround Canterbury.

This will be a truly special experience – a lovely gift or a surprise treat for you and someone you love!

Picnics on the Punts are available on:

  • Sunday 30th April 10am or 11am (A hot drink, croissant & fruit) or Midday (A hot drink and sandwiches)
  • Saturday 6th May 10am, 11am  (A hot drink, croissant & fruit)
Each punt ride last approximately 1 hour.
Guide Price £60

The Living Lounge | £15 Vouchers

Beautiful wares to adorn your home and gifts to delight those you adore……
Guide Price £15