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.
SPLASH PARK CLOSED AGAIN
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PETTING ZOO RE-OPENS
Promenade Park's Petting Zoo is now open again to visitors. Details here
39 High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PF
"We are a traditional sport shop, selling clothing, footwear and equipment for most sports. From football, cricket, rugby and racket sports, to hockey, snooker, table tennis, boxing and bowls. We stock a large selection of darts that you can try instore on our oche.We also offer a restringing service, and printing and embroidery service."
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.
Maeldune Heritage Centre, Ground Floor, Plume Building , St Peter's Tower, Market Hil, Maldon CM94PZ
More details: 07587 141054 or email@example.com
Southminster Hall, Hall Road, Southminster, Essex CM0 7EH
More details: 01621 776570 or view the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Town Hall Theatre, 4 Market Hill, Maldon CM3 4RL
More details: www.shadesofsimon.com
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:THE STAR HOUSE
72 Wantz Road, Maldon, CM9 5DE
Telephone 01621 853527
A delightful friendly, family run establishment, housed in an elegant listed Georgian townhouse, just a short walk from the town centre, the historic quay and Promenade Park. Parking available. We also speak Dutch and German.