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.

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 and beyond 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
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The Splash Park is now open on selected dates (weather permitting)

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The gardens at Beeleigh Abbey will be open again on selected dates this year

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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
Carters Steam Fair
Saturday 23rd May 2015 to Sunday 31st May 2015
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon   CM9 5JQ
Old fashioned rides including steam driven carousel and swing boats. Free firework display on the opening night.
Cost: Cost per ride
Childrens Art and Craft Workshop
Tuesday 26th May 2015 11am-12 noon
Suzie's Shop, 110 High Street, Maldon   CM9 5ET
come and make a paper plate bug, with glueing, painting and recycling! All materials included, and refreshments.
Cost: £10
More details: 07821 698316
Childrens Art and Craft Workshops
Wednesday 27th May 2015 11am-12 noon
Suzie's, 110 High Street, Maldon   CM9 5ET
make your very own peg butterfly or dragonfly using pretty paper and googley eyes! All materials and refreshments included.
Cost: £10
More details: 07821 698316
Childrens Art and Craft Workshops
Thursday 28th May 2015 11am-12 noon
Suzie's Shop, 110 High Street, Maldon   CM9 5ET
Learn the art of card making and decopatch in this small and friendly group. All materials and refreshments included in price.
Cost: £10
More details: 07821 698316
2nd Annual Charity Sea Song and Shanty Evening
Friday 29th May 2015 Doors Open 7:30 pm Music starts 8:00 pm
Maldon Town Hall,, Market Hill, Maldon   CM9 4RL
Charity evening in aid of Thames Sailing Barge Trust and Farleigh Hospice (all profits to be split between these two charities) Music and Songs by Mains'l Haul and Salt Water & Beer Real Ale Bar Tickets available from Maldon Tourist Office, Farleigh Hospice Shop Maldon High Street, or by post from John Rayment 12 Wisdoms Green , Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1SG. Please send cheque payable to Thames Sailing Barge Trust with a self-addressed stamped envelope
Cost: Adults £10.00 Children (16 and under) £5.00
More details: John Rayment 07587 141054
Olde Tyme Rally
Sunday 31st May 2015 10am - 4.30pm
Museum of Power, Maldon Road, Langford   CM9 7GG
Classic vehicle displays, craft stalls, live music and family entertainment. Museum entry is included with several historic engines running & the giant pumping engine in steam. Miniature steam train rides around the grounds (fare £1.00)
Cost: Adult £6.00 Senior £5.00 Children 5-15 £2.00 under 5 free.
More details: 01621 843183
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