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.

PROMENADE PARK
On the banks of the river Blackwater, this park has been popular with generations
HEYBRIDGE BASIN
Where the Chelmer & Blackwater navigation meets the Blackwater estuary
MUSEUMS
Local & Social History, Combined Military Services and the Museum of Power
BOAT TRIPS
Explore the Blackwater Estuary and beyond with one of the many boat trips available
WHERE TO STAY
A selection of accommodation on offer in the Maldon district
WHAT'S ON
Your guide to many of the events happening in the Maldon district
Click for details of the Maldon Festival 2015
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens will be open on selected dates in 2015 - click for details
The Promenade Park Splash Park is now open on weekends, school holiday and other selected dates - clicl for more details
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
The Art of Craft
Friday 26th June 2015 to Monday 13th July 2015 11.00am - 4.00pm except Wednesdays & Sundays
The Maeldune Heritage Centre, St Peter's Tower, Market Hill, Maldon   CM94PZ
An exhibition of six Essex artists featuring Sandra Hall, Andrea Morton, Bill Newman, Jean Smith, Carla Tindall and Helen Towers. All artists are members of the Essex Guild of Craftsmen and the exhibition features Ceramics, Fabric Bags, Fused Glass, Jewellery and Portraiture. Our exhibition includes four days of ceramics demonstrations - 27th June & 4th July, 3rd July & 10th July.
Cost: No entrance fee.
The Maldon Festival
Saturday 27th June 2015 to Saturday 11th July 2015 All performances commence at 19:30
Various locations,  
This two week international festival provides music lovers with a feast of orchestras, choirs, jazz, talks and workshops. Full details of all performances in programme available from Maldon Tourist Information Centre or on the Maldon Festival website
More details: Tickets & Enquiries: Maldon Tourist information Centre Tel: 01621 856503
Maldon Choral - ' Songs from Stage and Screen' including supper.
Saturday 11th July 2015 7.30pm
Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon   CM9 4RL
Musical Director / Conductor : Dr Gillian Ward Russell This is a cafe style concert including a supper. A bar will be available.
Cost: £12 in advance from Maldon Tourist Information Centre, Wenlock Way, Maldon, Telephone 01621 856503 or £12 on the door.
More details: 01621 852362
60's Themed Summer Fayre in aid of Cancer Research UK
Saturday 11th July 2015 13:00
Plume School, Mill Road, Maldon  
Music, food, drinks, sideshows, motorcycle & classic car exhibition, tug of war, egg & spoon races, childrens funfair, Zumba dancing, The Big Sing, bouncy castle and tribute band "Half Stoned".
More details: Stafford 01621 854821 or Trevor 01621 781004
Opera in the Orchard - Gala Opera
Saturday 11th July 2015 17:00
Bouncers, Mill Lane, Wickham Bishops   CM8 3JJ
An evening of opera in the beautiful surroundings of Bouncers Farm. Tickets £30 from 1st May - 8th July increasing to £40 after 8th July. Children up to 18 years FREE. Gates open 15:00 - Performance: 17:00 - Interval 18:00 - 19:30. Camping £10 per pitch per night.
More details: Maldon Tourist Information Centre 01621 856503
Game Fair and Classic Car Show
Sunday 12th July 2015 10:00 - 17:00
Purleigh Halt, Barons Lane, Purleigh   CM83 6PN
Fundraising show in support of Little Havens Hospices. Stalls selling dog, cat & horse supplies, plants, flowers, gifts etc. Clay pigeon shoot, air rifle shooting, archery, gun dog scurry, dog agility & dog show (entries taken on the day), children's amusements, donkey rides, heavy horses, cars, military, tractors & auto jumble.
Cost: Adults £5.00, Under 16's FREE
More details: Tony Turner 01621 742184
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