Located on the sloping bank of the river Blackwater, Maldon's Promenade Park has been a popular location for over a hundred years.
WINTER IN PROMENADE PARK
Although the Splash Park is closed until next season and your desire for ice cream has turned to thoughts of a nice warming drink, Promenade Park is still a very enjoyable place to spend some time in the colder months.
On a sunny winter's day, when the low light casts shadows across the grassy banks banks of the River Blackwater, take a walk along the promenade to the statue of Byrhtnoth. Take in the view and breathe in the air.
The children's playgrounds and sand pits are open all year and the adventure golf is still open on weekends subject to weather conditions - details here.
If you do fancy a nice warming drink you will normally find at least one of the kiosks open in the park or walk a short distance to the Hythe Quay where you will find the new Barge Tearoom and a couple of pubs which also serve food. The nearby High Street also boasts a good selection of places to eat and drink.
Avenues of mature trees and recreation areas lead down to the ornamental lake complete with fountains and resident swans and other birds and wildlife. Smaller children will love the sand pit which is located at the end of the lake. The pit is ajacent to one of the many refreshment kiosks in the park so you can relax with a cup of tea and watch the kids enjoying themselves. There is also an oyster and seafood bar which is open weekends and bank holidays.
At the far end of the lake you will find more refreshment kiosks and beyond those is the Valley where Promenade Park's famous Splash Park is located. This water playground for children is open on certain dates between April and September and the charge for 2018 is £2.50 per session. Click here for details of opening times and dates as well as other important information about the use of the Splash Park.
Beside the Splash Park is the Galleon, a large activity feature in the shape of a an old sailing ship where children can climb and slide to their hearts content. Next to the galleon, there is play fort and an aerial runway for that extra bit of excitement. And all for free!
Also in the Valley are the new beach huts which are available to hire for the day. They make an ideal base for a day in the park.
If you fancy a bit of crazy putting, the new Pirate's Bay Adventure Golf is now open ajacent to the Splash Park and features talking pirates, cannons, water explosions and a huge pirate ship.
Further along you reach the model boating and crabbing lake where you will often see a model Thames barge being controlled by it's proud owner. You can find more information about crabbing here.
Walk along the bath wall to the statue of Earl Byrhtnoth and take in the view of the Blackwater including the site of the Battle of Maldon in 996. At the opposite end of the park you will find a childrens playgound together with a maze and wildlife area.
By the main park gates you will find the Maldon Museum with displays relating to Maldon's history.
PRICES: Adults £7.50 Senior citizens
Children 5-13 yrs £5.50 Under 5's £2.50
Disabled adult £4.00 Disabled child £3.00
Park Drive Maldon
Postcode: CM9 5JQ
PARK OPENING TIMES
7.30am until dusk
(later if there is a special event)
In the park £1.10 up to 1hr,
£2.20 up to 2 hrs,
£5.50 up to 4hrs or £7 all day.
Open on selected dates during April to September. (Weather permitting)
Click here for more details of the Splash Park including opening days and times.