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 CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Due to an increasing number of people travelling to the park from outside the area and distancing requirements not being adhered to, Maldon District Council have taken the decision to close the play areas in Promenade Park until further notice in order to minimise the spread of coronavirus in the area.
HEYBRIDGE BASIN CAR PARK CLOSED
Due to problems with social distancing during the pandemic Heybridge Basin Parish Council have announced that the car park will be closed until further notice. See details on their website.
11a Edwards Walk, Maldon, CM9 5PS
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TRADING DURING LOCKDOWN
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.
Chigborough Road, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 4RB
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.
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Witham Road, Tolleshunt Major, CM9 8JU
Telephone 01621 860629
17th Century moated farmhouse with large garden on working farm. Comfortable bedrooms with ensuite facilities.British local produce cooked for breakfast. Two miles north of River Blackwater estuary and ideal for walking and bird watching. Beth Chatto and Hyde Hall gardens both 0.5 hour drive away. Easy access to Stansted and Harwich. Open all year.