This ancient Essex town of Maldon, with its oldest part sitting high on a hill overlooking the Blackwater estuary, has a rich and varied history just waiting to be explored.
MALDON is famous for the Hythe, which is the home to many of the remaining Thames barges, and the district offers visitors a wide range of places to visit and activities to enjoy.
Promenade Park, originally created on the sloping bank of the River Blackwater over one hundred years ago is popular with visitors and residents alike. This park is the centre of summer fun with playgrounds and various childrens activity areas including the very popular splash park.
You can even hire a beach hut for the day.
On the banks of the river Blackwater, this park has been popular with generations
Where the Chelmer & Blackwater navigation meets the Blackwater estuary
Local & Social History, Combined Military Services and the Museum of Power
Explore the Blackwater Estuary with one of the many boat trips available
A selection of accommodation on offer in the Maldon district
Your guide to many of the events happening in the Maldon district
Being one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex, a walk up the High Street to the crest of the town reveals many buildings whose brick facades conceal medieval timber frames. At the junction of the High Street and Market Hill stands the tower of St Peters which is attached to the building erected in 1704 by Dr Thomas Plume to house his famous library and the Maldon's grammar school. The school has long since moved and the ground floor now contains the Maeldune Centre which displays the Maldon Embroidery depicting life in the town from the Battle of Maldon to the present day.
Further along is the Moot Hall, built in the 15th century for the d'Arcy family and most recently used as the council chambers, magistrates court and police station. Another few yards and you will reach the 13th century All Saints' Church, famous for it's trianglar tower and Washington Window.
Market Hill, lined with more timber framed buildings including the old workhouse, leads steeply down to Fullbridge at the crossing of the River Chelmer. This area was once a thriving port with it's wharves busy unloading ships laden with timber and other materials. It is also the home of Maldon's old railway station building which has survived despite the railway being closed in 1964. At the end of Station Road you will find the Combined Military Services Museum containing a large collection of weapons and armoury and other displays.
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Friday 26th August 2016 10.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Three acres of gardens provide a fine setting for the picturesque and historic former abbey buildings dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Click here for full details
Cost: Adult £5.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.50, Children under 5 free
WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Flying Day at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Sunday 28th August 2016 10am - 5pm
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome,
This event is sure to be a fun day out for all the family, where visitors will experience both vintage and modern aircraft flying in and performing at this unique WW1 aerodrome.
Visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments in the Airmen's Mess, browse shopping stalls and museum plus children can enjoy our Pilot Bear Trail, traditional games & our Rocking Nacelle flight simulator.
Flying is subject to weather and serviceability.
Visit www.stowmaries.org.uk for more information and tic
Cost: Adults: £15; Children under 16: Free
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Bank Holiday Market
Monday 29th August 2016 10:00 to 16:00
Popular bank holiday general retail market. Weather and ground conditions permitting.
Purleigh Church Tower Open
Monday 29th August 2016 14:00 to 17:00
All Saint's Church,
Spectacular views over Essex. Please wear flat or low-heeled shoes. Exhibitions, sales table, crafts, demonstrations. In aid of Purleigh Church.
Cost: Adults £2.50, children over 8 free but must be accompanied by an adult
More details: 01621 850739