Wise Words Festival, Canterbury

by Lauren Abbott

Not everybody knows, say the organisers, but in a secret garden in the heart of a Kent city hides a wonderland of music, arts, crafts and performances.

Hop, skip and jump across the bridge, peek behind the old brick wall and soon you will find the Wise Words Festival in Canterbury - 10 days of silliness, secrets, storytelling and riotously good family fun.

Be it a drumming work shop or fire-side fairytales it's a festival with a dedicated programme of events for children and toddlers alongside it's more adult offerings.

A chance for children to get creative

It takes place between Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, May 7 in the Franciscan Gardens just off of the city's Stour Street.

The setting in Canterbury's Secret Garden

There is parking in the city's council-run car parks nearby before taking a short walk across the bridges to the gardens where in various tents, marquees and outside spaces takes place a series of workshops, activities and events across the 10 days and its two weekends.

CBeebies Spot Bot stars, the Three Half Pints? will be buffing their boots and flourishing their feathers in their adventure The Three Musketeers among others and there is also May Day crown workshops, puppetry, dancing and singing to name but just a few of the events taking place.

The Wise Words festival has been running for adults and children since 2012

The entire festival programme is available to view online here and tickets, which can be bought online via the Marlowe Theatre box office or in person, range from £5 to £15.

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