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.
Promenade Park, originally created on the sloping bank of the River Blackwater over one hundred years ago is 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.
You can even hire a beach hut for the day.
On the banks of the river Blackwater, this park has been popular with generations
Where the Chelmer & Blackwater navigation meets the Blackwater estuary
Local & Social History, Combined Military Services and the Museum of Power
Explore the Blackwater Estuary with one of the many boat trips available
A selection of accommodation on offer in the Maldon district
Your guide to many of the events happening in the Maldon district
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.
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Friday 27th May 2016 10.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Three acres of gardens provide a fine setting for the picturesque and historic former abbey buildings dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Click here for full details
Cost: Adult £5.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.50, Children under 5 free
Car Rally at Little Common
Saturday 28th May 2016 11:00-16:00
Little Common , (Adjacent to Evangelical Church),
The Plains, The Street,
Vintage cars dating from 1933 will be on display along with 2 military vehicles and a range of motorcycles and scooters dating from 1940. There will also be a beer tent and various stalls.
More details: Dave Oram Tel: 01621 788688
Open Days at Steam Tug 'Brent'
Sunday 29th May 2016 to Monday 30th May 2016
This historic Tug boat was built in 1945 and used to tow lighters and barges full of cargo between ships and London warehouses. She retired in 1970 and is in the care of the S.T.Brent Trust. Steep steps and gang plank for access.
Cost: Donations towards the Tug Boat Brent Trust welcomed
More details: Janet Hall Tel: 01621 855058 or steamtugbrent.org
Bank Holiday Market
Monday 30th May 2016
Popular bank holiday general retail market. Weather and ground conditions permitting
Maldon Book Club
Tuesday 31st May 2016 7.30pm-9.30pm
Suzie's Gift and Tea Shop,
106 High Street,
Please come along to our friendly, informal group to discuss recently read books, plus books in general. A good fun evening, and a great way to meet local people with a similar love for literature!
More details: 07821 698316