Maldon has been drawing crowds during the summer for generations. With 75 miles ofisolated coastline and the big skies over the marshes, it provides the perfect backdrop for summer picnics and sunny days filled with ice creams. If you’re planning a trip to the Essex town, here’s 10 things to put on your to do list:
A huge hit with families, the award-winning Promenade Park on the bank of the River Blackwater makes a great day out. Bring a picnic and spend time lazing on the grass with an afternoon of games. Children can let off steam at the Valley Adventure play area, Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, crabbing lake and sandpit.
Pretty pastel coloured huts are available to hire in Promenade Park. Equipped with lighting, a plug socket and deckchairs, they make a great base for a family day out.
On sunny days children can cool off at the Splash Park located in the Valley of Promenade Park. There are a number of fountains and sprays which are guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
A classic British tradition and great fun for both kids and adults. Take your line, bait and bucket along to the boating lake in Promenade Park, the estuary edge or Hythe Quay. See how many you can catch before releasing the little nippers back into the water.
Maeldune Heritage Centre
Discover Maldon’s past with a trip to the Maeldune Heritage Centre. It features a 42ft Maldon Embroidery which commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Maldon, plus historical displays, arts and crafts.
Get a better look of the town at Moot Hall. Built in the 15thcentury, you can explore this fascinating building on a tour and enjoy its panoramic rooftop views of Maldon and beyond. www.themoothall.co.uk
Food from the sea has always been an important part of local life and the tradition continues in Maldon with oysters still being grown at Goldhanger. Of course, you simply can’t leave without sampling or buying the famous sea salt.
Thames Sailing Barge
Maldon is home to the iconic sails of the Thames Sailing Barge. The Trust have a schedule of trips where you can experience sailing on a historic vessel and visit various locations around the Thames Estuary.
Walk along to the Quay to get insight into the town’s maritime past. Home to the Thames Sailing Barge and some award-winning pubs, it’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
Maldon is home to two award-winning microbreweries, Maldon Brewing Company and Mighty Oak Brewing Company. Both breweries are part of the Grape and Grain Trail, which showcases vineyards, breweries and distilleries in district. It’s a great opportunity to learn about local produce!
For ideas and things to do visit www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk