THE MALDON DISTRICT offers a wide range of places to visit and activities to enjoy at any time of year.
The town of Maldon itself is especially famous for the Hythe Quay, home to many of the remaining Thames Barges. A variety of short trips from Maldon are available on these ancient craft, and also the Viking Saga.
Promenade Park is probably the most visited location in Maldon and was originally created on the sloping bank of the River Blackwater over one hundred years ago.
Popular with visitors and Maldon residents alike, this park is the centre of summer fun with playgrounds and various children's activity areas including the very popular and is also the location for the famous Maldon Mud Race and other annual and special events including the ever popular in November. You can even hire a beach hut for the day and relax with a picnic.
PROMENADE PARK PLAY AREAS OPEN
The play areas in Promenade Park have reopened on Monday March 29.
BLACKWATER COUNTRY SHOW CANCELLED
Organisers of the show have announced "After much discussion and consideration we have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2021 Blackwater Country Show. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our show next year on Sunday 19th June 2022."
BEELEIGH ABBEY GARDENS OPEN IN 2021
Details have been announced about the days the gardens will be open to the public this year... see here
3 King Georges Place, Maldon, CM9 5BZ
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Maldon is one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex and 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 Maldon's 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 its triangular tower and Washington Window.
Maldon's Market Hill is lined with more timber-framed buildings including the old workhouse and leads steeply down to Fullbridge at the crossing of the River Chelmer. This area was once a thriving port and Maldon's wharves were kept busy unloading ships laden with timber and other materials. It is also the home of the old Maldon 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, armoury, and other displays.
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon CM9 5JQ
The Maldon Heritage Group has produced a series of self-guided walks that illustrate some of the heritage of this fine town. Take one soon, the details are mobile-friendly.
If you are interested in knowing more about Maldon's heritage, make sure you pay a visit to the Maldon Museum In The Park, housed in the former park keeper's lodge by the main gates to Promenade Park. The displays show the social and industrial history of Maldon during the past two hundred years.
Looking for somewhere to stay? There is a wide choice of accomodation in the Maldon District - why not try:HANSON HOUSE
58 Holloway Road, Maldon, CM94SQ
Telephone 01621 857788
Hanson House Is a small purpose built B&B, which is situated in the garden of a 1930s cottage, you have your own front door so you can come and go as you please. We have a one Double Room & one Twin room both with en-suite shower rooms, and you also have the use of a private garden to relax in. There is free off street parking to the front cottage
Are dogs allowed in Promenade Park?
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a lead in certain areas and are not allowed in the fenced off children's play areas. There are information boards around the park.