• Yurt L
    The Quinn Yurt
  • Your Visit to our Festival
    The Franciscan chapel
  • Your Visit to our Festival
    Franciscan Chapel
  • A Banquet Table
    Banquet Table
  • Your Visit to our Festival
    The Secret Gardens
  • A book bird
    Book Birds


The thing that makes Wise Words truly magical and memorable is you, our open-minded community of explorers. We want to invite you all to bring your skills, talents and ideas. If you can juggle, bring your juggling balls and show us what you can do. Bring your favourite stories and read them around the campfire circle. Bring your guitar, fiddle or just your favourite songs for music and singing in and around the site. This is a festival for you and the more of you that shines through, the better it will be.

We feel privileged to be able to call the Franciscan Gardens our festival home and hope that we’ll be invited back for many years to come. Our aim is to leave no trace on the site and we’d be grateful if you would help us achieve this. This means respecting the space, putting your litter in the bin, and trying not to disturb the wildlife in the gardens.

Practicalities – getting here and going home.

The Franciscan Gardens are more popularly known as Canterbury’s ‘Secret Gardens’ for a good reason. Many people who have lived in Canterbury all their lives have never discovered them. However we are about to let you in on this special secret…

If you turn into Stour Street from the High Street and walk about 100 yards you will come to Greyfriars B&B and beside it big black doors. A bumpy drive takes you across two bridges and into the Secret Gardens. As you cross the bridges peer over the side and you may catch a glimpse a bed of eels. The postcode is CT1 2NR.

On arrival

The gardens open at 9am and events on this main site begin at 10am.

The Ticket Office opens at 10:00.


Rosemary Lane and Stour Street car parks are both around a 5 minutes walk from the gardens. Both Canterbury East & West railways stations and the main bus station are about a 10 minutes walk. 

If you are travelling from outside of Canterbury we recommend you travel by train.