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.

Summertime Fun in Promenade Park Maldon


The Splash Park in Promenade Park is now open every day until September 7 (subject to weather)

Click here for details of times

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
Flower Festival - Book Titles
Friday 25th July 2014 to Sunday 27th July 2014 10am-5pm each day
St. Andrew's Church, Fambridge Road, ALTHORNE   CM3 6BZ
Come along and enjoy the beautiful displays of flowers, created along the theme of book titles! Donations in aid of church repair funds. We look forward to seeing you there.
Cost: Free entry
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Friday 25th July 2014 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.
Cost: Adult £5.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.50, Children under 5 free
More details: 07779 223321
Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society Summer Show
Saturday 26th July 2014 10.00am Plant Sale opens, Show open between 11.00 to 4.30pm
United Reformed Church Hall, Market Hill, Maldon  
Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society are holding their annual Summer Show on Saturday 26 July at the United Reformed Church Hall, Market Hill, Maldon. The show opens to the public from 11.00am, 50p admission (free to exhibitors). There will also be a large plant stall and plant tombola outside the hall which opens at 10.00am. All the plants are donated from members’ gardens so there will be an interesting range of plants for different growing conditions. This is an open show with classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, flower arranging, baking, crafts, photography and a junior section. For a copy of the Year Book which contains all the details of the classes and the entry forms please contact the Show Secretary, Gillian Coppen on 01621 858556. The show schedule is also available on the website All entries are to be staged between 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday 25 July.
Cost: 50p
Maldon & The Great War (WWI) - an illustrated talk by Stephen Nunn
Sunday 27th July 2014 18.00
Combined Military Services Museum, Station Road, Maldon   CM9 4LQ
This talk examines the character of the town at the outbreak of war in 1914 and looks at the early impact on the inhabitants as a result of a Zeppelin raid. It also outlines the activities of the Royal Flying Corps (later the R.A.F) at nearby Goldhanger Aerodrome and of the secret Naval Base at Osea. There are stories about two families involved in the fighting and an analysis of the 248 Maldon & Heybridge men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Booking essential.
Cost: £8 (includes entry to the museum)
More details: 01621 841826
CHILDREN’S SPORTS DAY - Part of Maldon Carnival Week
Monday 28th July 2014 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Lower Plume School Sports Field, Fambridge Road, Maldon   CM9 6AB
Come and burn off some energy with an array of races including the Mums and Dads race and toddlers race. Variety of races for children aged 3-13 years. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Cost: Free Entry
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CHILDREN’S FUN TIME with “Papalarny” - Part of Maldon Carnival Week
Tuesday 29th July 2014 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Lower Plume School, Fambridge Road, Maldon   CM9 6AB
Everything from magic to games, a fun packed afternoon of children’s entertainment. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Cost: Entry £3 per child – Age: 2 years and up
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CLAIRVOYANT EVENING - Part of Maldon Carnival Week
Tuesday 29th July 2014 Doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start
Ship and Anchor, 188 High Street, Maldon   CM9 5BX
In the company of a guest medium.
Cost: Entry: £5
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FAMILY FUN QUIZ - Part of Maldon Carnival Week
Tuesday 29th July 2014 7:30pm
Lower Plume School, Fambridge Road, Maldon   CM9 6AB
A quiz for all the family, children welcome. Teams of no more than 6. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Cost: Entry: £1 per person
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