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With it's avenues of mature trees and grass recreation areas running down the banks of the river Blackwater, Maldon's Promenade Park has been a summer haven for many generations of families.

Promenade Park has changed greatly over the recent years and features a children's play area in the valley which includes the galleon, sandpit, an aerial runway and the popular water splash park to cool the kids off in the hot summer months. The latest addition is a row of beach huts ajacent to the Galleon and can be rented as a base for the day

The Splash Park
Promenade Park's popular Splash Park is open on selected days in 2018 between April 1and September 16 weather permitting. Admission charges are £2.50 per twenty five minute session. Click here for details of the Splash Park opening dates and times.

Ajacent to the Splash Park is the Galleon, a large climbing and sliding activity structure, a sand pit, zip wire and a large model boating and crabbing lake. You will also find a skate board park and BMX track in the park.

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf The new adventure golf attraction is now open and features talking pirates, cannons, water explosions and a huge pirate ship. Click here for more details

At the other end of the park there is a traditional children's playground with swings and playthings and a maze plus a wildlife garden.

There are plenty of takeaway kiosks in the park to feed those hungry tummies or cool off with a drink or ice cream. Promenade Park is ajacent to Hythe Quay, the home of the Maldon Thames barges and also two pubs, both with restaurants, should you fancy a drink or a meal or venture up the High Street to one of the many eateries available.

As Promenade Park is located on the banks of the river Blackwater, you can sit on the wall and enjoy the view of the estuary or take a closer view by taking a boat trip on the river.

Take a trip on the Viking Sage
Take a trip on the Viking Saga. Short cruises up the Blackwater Estuary depart from the Hythe Quay ... see here for details.

The Galleon
The Galleon

Plenty to eat
Plenty to eat and drink

Splash Park*
Sand Pit
Play Galleon & Fort
Aerial Runway
Crabbing Lake
Model Boating Lake
Adventure Golf
Orienteering Course
Childrens Maze
Childrens Playground
Wildlife Area
Refreshment Kiosks
*Selected dates during main season

Promenade Park is home to almost 1000 trees of more than 65 different species of tree. There are about 30 species of 'native' trees as well as specimens from all over Europe, the Far East, Australia and North America. The Tree Trail has been developed to help visitors learn a little more about some of these trees. The Trail is about one mile long and follows good paths throughout and should take about an hour to complete, walking at a leisurely pace. Route leaflets are available from the Information Point in the park and from Maldon District Tourist Information Centre, Wenlock Way,

If you are thinking of staying in the area you will find details of local accommodation here

Rent a beach hut for the day

Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival 2018
Saturday 18th August 2018 to Sunday 19th August 2018 Sat -10:30-20:30 - Sun-10:30 -18:30
The Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival, a family celebration of the art of cooking with fire and smoke, comes to Promenade Park, featuring 20 International BBQ teams and Essex heats of the UK Chilli cook-off comp, A Real Ale and Cider Festival, Chilli and Hot Wing Eating Contest, Live Entertainment plus you will get to taste, smell, discover and learn about all kinds of US-style low ’n’ slow BBQ’ing grilling, smoking, meats and specialties from around the globe.In aid of Essex Air Ambulance Cost: £2 Adults - Kids FREE up to the age of 16
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Maldon Oyster & Seafood Festival
Sunday 9th September 2018 13:00 to 17:00
A fun packed foodie celebration on the riverside. Expect family fun-times, heritage inspired happenings and many memorable moments! Join us as we herald the Landing of the Oysters at 1pm and then tuck into the delicious oysters, seafood and drinks on offer in the food marquee. The Maldon Oyster and Seafood Festival is the definitive showcase of Maldon's best restaurants, chefs and leading food and drink brands. Maldon's latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants will serve up complimentary taster size signature dishes and oysters. For those with a bigger appetite or who simply want more, there will also be an opportunity to buy larger size dishes and seafood platters. Festival visitors can indulge in a range of complimentary activities including wine, gin and craft beer & ale tastings. They can also buy these goods to take home. There will be live music and a DJ. As well as the complimentary drink tastings, there will be a themed cash bar. Cost: £16.50
More details: Tickets available from Maldon TIC 01621 856503

Maldon Town Regatta
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Maldon Town Regatta has been held for generations and in its present form since 2002. Smacks and old gaffers, traditional and modern yachts race up river from West Mersea to Osea and from there to the town in a second race, berthing at high water mid afternoon. There will be many shoreside activities and stalls all day with live music all evening.
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Bubble Rush
Saturday 13th October 2018 10.30am onwards
Take part in Farleigh Hospice’s exciting event, back for a second year following last years success. A fun filled family 5km Fun Run with 5 different coloured bubble stations along the route! Registration fee covers admin costs and includes a special bubble rush t-shirt, medal and running number. Pre-registration closes Sunday 25th March,so hurry and register now! Cost: Pre-registration price £20 adults £10 under 18s
More details: 01245 457355 or or

Visit the Maldon MuseumThe MALDON MUSEUM is located by the main gates of Promenade Park and is open Wed, Fri & Sat 2 to 5pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm April to October Entry is £2.00 adults, 50p children

Promenade Park
Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ

7.30am until dusk (later if there is a special event)

PARKING In the park £1.10 up to 1hr, £2.20 up to 2 hrs, £5.50 up to 4hrs or £7 all day.


Well behaved dogs are welcome in the park but are not allowed in fenced off areas such at the children's playground and splash park

For more information contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01621 856503