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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

Carnival Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday 25th March 2018 10:00 to 15:00
Scattered around the small park and maze are clues to an Easter riddle. Find all the clues to reveal the answer and receive an Easter treat. The Easter Hunt runs from 10:00am until 3:00pm and you can start at anytime. The hunt takes on average 15 – 30 minutes to complete. Entry Price on day is just £3.00 per child, each child that enters will receive an Easter Egg and a piece of fruit (donation by Tesco Extra). Cost: £3.00 on the gate. Pre booking discounts online - £2.75 per child, £5.00 for two children.

Easter Egg Roll
Sunday 25th March 2018 11:00 to 13:00
New to 2018, the Easter egg roll is a fun activity from America. How fast can you roll an Easter Egg with a spoon? Children line up to race their eggs across the glass in small park. The person who egg crosses the finish line first, wins. This activity suitable for children under 8s and it great fun. There are two races, 11:00am and 1:00pm. . Due to the time a year this activity will depend on the weather conditions. Pre booking advised Cost: Entry is just £1.50 per child. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of the race
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Bubble Rush
Sunday 8th April 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

Maldon Mud Race
Sunday 10th June 2018
Entrants race across ther muddy river bed ain this annual event which raises money for local charities and good causes. As always, it will be a good day out for all the family with stalls, refreshments and plenty of activities in the park.

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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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