Welcome return for Wareham Wednesdays as pirates invade!

The major summer fundraiser for Wareham in Dorset – a series of Wednesdays in August with music, funfair stalls and fireworks at the quay – is back after three years.

First it was Dave Griff and the Trouser Band, then it was Michael Jackson tribute act Navi thrilling the audience and next, on Wednesday 17th August 2022, the pirates are launching an invasion of the town. Visitors are warned to expect lots of noise and lots of water!

Wareham Wednesdays
Michael Jackson at Wareham Wednesdays

Michael Jackson tribute act Navi – Don’t stop ’til you get enough!

“Our much-delayed 10th anniversary”

Wareham Wednesdays had become something of a fixture of the summer season attracting visitors from Swanage and across Purbeck, but the water cannon and the fireworks fell silent for 2020 and 2021 because of Covid restrictions.

Dave Burgess, chairman of the organising committee, said:

“It’s our much-delayed 10th anniversary season this year and it feels fantastic to finally be able to get out there, no masks, just lots of happy faces!”

Wareham Wednesdays
Wareham Wednesdays

The event on Wednesday 10th August 2022 drew the crowds

First summer events for three years

The organising committee did stage a firework night last November, but this is the first summer series for three years.

The first week there was a raft race and last week it was the return of one of the world’s most popular Michael Jackson impersonators.

Dave said:

“Once he’s got his make up on you couldn’t tell it wasn’t Michael Jackson, just an incredible likeness and an amazing performer.”

Michael Jackson at Wareham Wednesdays

Michael Jackson look-alike thrills the crowd

Prepare for a soaking!

Poole Pirates will be leading the attack on Wednesday 17th August 2022. They will sail up the river at about 6.30 pm. They will be met by a local contingent for a water battle that will give everyone a soaking.

The evenings include catering and children’s entertainment. Last week it was Krazy Kev and this week it’s Jamie Jambo. Solo vocalist Lizzy King is providing musical entertainment.

funfair stall at Wareham Wednesdays
Sweet stall at Wareham Wednesdays

Lots of stalls offering food and entertainment

“Raise money for the local community”

The Wareham Wednesdays runs for four weeks during the summer. The last one will be on Wednesday 24th August 2022 when there will be an Elton John tribute act performing.

Dave Burgess, who runs UK Tiles Direct in the town, said:

“As well as being a lot of fun, the evenings raise money for the local community, anyone from the rugby club to the youth club, from disabled people to the Men in Sheds project. We have a meeting at the end of the season and consider applications from worthwhile causes in the area.”

Fireworks at Wareham Wednesdays

Fireworks end the Wareham Wednesday event in style

Watch the fireworks from Navi night

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.


Top stories

Child injured in dog attack at Swanage pub Police officers and the air ambulance were all called to help after a child was injured in an incident involving a dog in a pub garden in Swanage. 4 weeks ago Family win approval for controversial self build in Purbeck village 2 months ago Star Wars returns to Purbeck: The sequel! 1 month ago Historic Studland home goes on the market for £5 million 2 weeks ago Paddle steamer returns to Swanage after appeal keeps her afloat 2 weeks ago

Most recent

Swanage Pirate Festival welcomes record crowds to town Batten down the hatches - Swanage has been overrun by pirates again for a good natured festival, which has attracted hundreds of landlubbers into town. 12 hours ago Sun finally comes out for Swanage’s Big Help Out 1 day ago Bee friendly as swarming season suddenly arrives in Purbeck 2 days ago Second recent crash at Swanage church accident hotspot 3 days ago Green light given to request for 20mph limit in Langton Matravers 3 days ago