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 29th July 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
Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society Annual Summer Show
Saturday 30th July 2016 Opens at 10.00am, prize giving and raffle at 15.30pm
United Reformed Church Hall,
Our annual Summer Show is on Saturday 30 July at the URC Hall, Market Hill, 10.00am-3.30pm.
With 100 classes to choose from there is something to suit everyone … fruit and vegetables, flowers, floral arrangement, handicrafts, photography, baking and children’s classes. The more entries we have the better the display for visitors and also a more challenging competition for the exhibitors. The show schedule is in our Year Book which is available by calling 858556. Entry forms to be submit
Cost: Visitors 50p entry, exhibitors free entry
More details: Liz Dunkin 01621 854371
The Night! Jersey Guys at Maldon Town Football Club
Saturday 30th July 2016 19:30
Maldon Town Football Club,,
All seating is on a first come basis. Tickets can also be collected from the venue
Come and enjoy this music event of the Jersey Guys, supported by XFactor's Tasha Leigh and Tina Williams as compere
More details: DJ Dan Tel: 07568 075497
Vintage Flying Event
Saturday 30th July 2016 to Sunday 31st July 2016 10am to 5pm
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome,
See vintage and modern aircraft taking to the skies above this unique World War One aerodrome near Maldon. A great family day out with refreshments available in the restored WW1 Airmen's Mess, stalls museum, guided tours and gift shop.The aerodrome will be open for visitors (advance tickets only online www.stowmaries.org.uk) by road and air from 10am, so come along and soak up the WW1 atmosphere. Free car park. All flying aircraft are subject to weather and serviceability.
Cost: Adult £15 (plus booking fee). Pre-booked children under 16 Free
More details: 01245 429134
The Maldon Triathlon
Sunday 31st July 2016 10:40
Beginner friendly and fun event suitable for all.
Sprint: 750m Swim / 28km Cycle / 5km Run
Olympic: 1.5km Swim / 45km Cycle / 10km Run
Entry & more info at www.dengieevents.co.uk
More details: www.dengieevents.co.uk