The Wail

The 32nd Wail - 4th-6th September 2020
Traditional singing at its best
A fun filled, family friendly weekend in the heart of Dorset

The 32nd Wail - 4th-6th September 2020


The Wail is a celebration of folksong and some of the finest singers in the land come to Verwood once a year to sit and sing all day and night. The site is compact and nothing is more than a couple of minutes walk away. We are a family friendly festival and welcome people of all ages, we have a kids area with a bouncy castle and plenty of activities to keep them busy.
We have camping and caravans on site and there’s plenty of accommodation nearby if you fancy somewhere indoors. Some of the highlights of the weekend are the Mediaeval Banquet, the Cream Tea Concert and the Music Session.



We have a large food tent serving home cooked food for the weekend for just £20 per person plus on Saturday evening there's a fancy dress Mediaeval Banquet (included in the ticket price). Vegetarian/Vegan and Allergies catered for.



The Wail has 2 bar tents plus a bar in the food tent, each serving a range of local ales and ciders plus lager, spirits and soft drinks.



What the weekend is about. From Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon the bars and food marquee are filled with people singing. Quiet songs, loud songs, fast, slow and silly songs, all songs are welcome.


Friday 04/09

10.00 Campsite Opens
12.00 The Fox and Ferret Opens – Ad Hoc Singing
18.30 - 20.00 Friday Evening Meal
19.30 Singing in The Festival Arms and The Fox and Ferret
2.00 Bars Close

Saturday 05/09

09.00 - 10.30 Breakfast
11.00 Mediaeval Costume Workshop
12.00 The Festival Arms and The Fox and Ferret Open For Singing
13.00 - 14.00 Buffet Lunch Served
14.30 - 15.30 Music Session in The Festival Arms
15.30 - 17.30 Ballad Session in The Festival Arms
19.30 Mediaeval Banquet

Sunday 06/09

09.30 - 11.00 Breakfast
12.00 - Bars Open
13.00 - Cream Tea Showcase
15.00 - Final Sing
16.00 - Bars Close


Mediaeval Banquet

Mediaeval Banquet – Fancy dress is the order of the day. There is an opportunity to make a costume in the morning with the help of our expert seamstresses. Join us in your finery at 8pm in the food tent for a night like no other. We roast a pig over an open fire throughout the day and then feast like its 1399.

Our Lord and Lady lead the celebrations with each table singing for their supper, usually with a specially written pig related song. We serve a 4 course meal direct to the tables with a fully licenced bar serving through the night.

Cream Tea Showcase

Homemade scones are served with jam and cream at lunchtime, Sunday. This is a chance for some of our guests to showcase any songs they want to perform to a welcoming audience. Feel free to bring merchandise to sell and/or perform with instruments.

Music Session

Led by Jon Heslop this is a chance to bring your instruments and play some music. All instruments welcome, even banjos.


Weekend Tickets

Earlybird Weekend Ticket Adult - Includes camping / caravans and the Mediaeval Banquet


Child / Youth Weekend Ticket (children under 16)


Meal Tickets

Meal tickets include Friday evening meal, Saturday breakfast and lunch and Sunday breakfast. Please note that meals can only be guaranteed if you book at least 7 days before the start of the festival.
(Note: Cream teas at the Cream Tea Concert on Sunday afternoon are not included in the meal ticket).

Adult Meal Ticket


Child Meal Ticket (children under 14)


Buy Online

Select Ticket Type

Ticket Quantity

Children’s Meal Tickets





Dietary Requirements

Total Price = £00.00

Pay With Cheque

Please write your full name, address and phone number on a piece of paper along with the number of tickets required and post with a cheque made out to ‘The Wail’ for the correct amount to:

The Wail
10 Old Wareham Road
BH12 4QR

How to find us


The Wail is held at Oakfield Icelandic Horses
Oakfield Farm
Horton Way
Verwood BH31 6JJ



Follow the map to Oakfield Farm via Manor Road, Church Hill, Margards Lane and Horton Way. The roads from Verwood and Three Legged Cross will be sign-posted with distinctive black-on-yellow signs with W and an arrow, as shown above. If you go wrong, head for the Monmouth Ash pub and look for signs from there.

Warning: If you are approaching Verwood on the B3081 from the direction the A354, do not follow the directions given by Google Maps and turn right onto Dewlands Road (shortly after The Albion Inn) as this road is very narrow, with deep holes and tight turns. Instead, continue to the roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Home Farm Road (B3072) which will be signposted for THE WAIL.

By Public Transport

If coming by public transport, get to Verwood and ring 07500398678 for a lift.