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.

It is also well known for its Promenade Park, originally created on the sloping bank of the River Blackwater over one hundred years ago. 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.


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The Splash Park will be open earlier this year, just in time for the Easter school holidays (weather permitting)

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The gardens at Beeleigh Abbey will be open again on selected dates this year

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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.


Maldon Events in the next 7 days
Maldon Annual Mud Race
Sunday 26th April 2015
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon   CM9 5JQ
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macTheatre present INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC EVENING with Luca Francioso & Stuart Masters
Sunday 26th April 2015 7.30pm
The Blue Boar, Silver St, Maldon   CM9 4QE
Luca Francioso lives and works in Padova and is a celebrated guitarist, composer and writer. He studied classical guitar refining Fingerstyle technique under Italian guitar legend Franco Morone. Stuart Masters combines Western and Indian classical, Folk and Celtic influences with contemporary percussive techniques to create a unique hybrid style of guitar playing. Together they create an evening of guitar excellence celebrating the instrument in all it's cultural diversity.
Cost: £10
More details: Maldon TIC 01621 856503
Music & Nostalgia presented by The Musical Box Society of Great Britain
Sunday 26th April 2015 10.30am - 1.30pm
Museum of Power, Maldon Road, Langford   CM9 7GG
See - a unique gathering of fascinating antique self-playing musical instruments of all types. Hear and Participate - Live Music played on Museum of Power’s own ‘pianola’, plus barrel and street organs, organettes, cylinder and disc musical boxes, etc. Join in the fun by playing and singing along Learn - about your own musical boxes. If you have a mechanical musical instrument at home, bring it along. Our panel of experts will be pleased to tell you more about your treasures.
Cost: Entry to Exhibition and Museum - Adults: £4.50, Concessions £4.00, Children 5-15 £2.00 and under 5 Years Old Free
More details: 01621 843183
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Friday 1st May 2015 10.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon   CM9 6LL
Three acres of gardens provide a fine setting for the picturesque and historic former abbey buildings dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Light refreshments, parking.
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Cost: Adult £5.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.50, Children under 5 free
MYO Presents: A Violin Recital by Megan Hill, in aid of Maldon Youth Orchestra
Friday 1st May 2015 Doors open 1830 for 1900 start
United Reform Church, Market Hill, Maldon   CM9 4PZ
From 7pm on Friday 1 May 2015, former Maldon Youth Orchestra (MYO) First Violinist Megan Hill will be performing a recital to raise funds for MYO. The programme will include Bartok, Elgar, Gershwin, Mozart, Vivaldi, Williams as well as a selection of more modern pieces. Tickets cost £7 (Children and MYO members are free) with proceeds kindly being donated by Megan to MYO. Doors at the United Reform Church open from 6.30pm. Advance tickets are available via Eventbrite:
Cost: £7 adults, children free
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Big Band Does Soul
Saturday 2nd May 2015 7.30pm - 11.30pm
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh   CM3 6RN
The police 17 piece big band plays soul at the aerodrome for the first time. They have a very accomplished female lead singer. The ticket price also includes fish and chips bring your own drinks (soft drinks and coffee available at the aerodrome)
Cost: £25
More details: Maldon TIC 01621 856503 or Aerodrome 07767 807156
Garden Show
Sunday 3rd May 2015 10am - 4.30pm
Museum of Power, Maldon Road, Langford   CM9 7GG
A new show with plant and garden equipment stalls plus vintage garden machinery. The museum is open with the giant engine in steam. Tearoom and picnic area.
Cost: Adults £5.00 concessions £4.00 children 5-15 £2.00
More details: 01621 843183
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