Maldon has been known for its Promenade Park as a leisure location for over a hundred years. It is located on the sloping banks of the river Blackwater. Avenues of trees and recreation areas lead down to the ornamental lake complete with fountains and resident wildlife. Smaller children will love the sand pit at Maldon which is located at one end of the lake near to one of the many food and drink kiosks so you can relax with a cup of tea and watch the kids play.
One of the main features of Maldon reopens this summer, and this is called “The Valley” which is home to the famous Splash Park. Next to the Splash Park is the Galleon, which is a large climbing feature and yes you guessed it – in the shape of an old sailing ship. children can climb and slide as well as play fort and go on a zip wire in the same area. Surrounding this part are loads of benches and green grass so it is a perfect picnic spot. The food stalls are nearby too including seaside style donuts (my favourite).
The beach huts are available to hire for the day and they make an ideal base for a day in the park with the family.
On our most recent visit we did notice the petting ‘zoo’ but we personally thought it was quite pricey. It is home to over 70 species of animals, including goats, alpacas, and a pot-bellied pig named Horace. Exotic animals include meercats, skunks, Marmoset monkeys and raccoons while the aviaries are home to parakeets and finches plus many more. The ‘zoo’ is open most days subject to weather conditions with general admission prices of £6.95 per person or £24.95 for a family of four.
There is the very popular Pirates Bay Adventure Golf not far from the Splash Park as well if you have a few hours to spare. The crazy golf features talking pirates, cannons, water explosions and a huge pirate ship. It is 18 holes, and it is open throughout the year subject to weather condition. It was super busy when we went past last month (May).
If that isn’t enough to keep your family busy all day, then there is the model boating and crabbing lake and if you are lucky, you will see the Thames Sailing Barge too.
If you are into your history, then make sure you 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 1991. As you walk into the main park gates you will find the Maldon Museum which has lots of displays relating to Maldon’s history.
The popular Maldon Parkrun takes place every weekend in Promenade Park with the adult event on Saturday and Juniors on Sunday. Both events start at 9am and they are free to enter. **prior registration is required.
There is a Skate park & BMX track too.
PARK OPENING TIMES, FACILITIES AND ACCESS
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon – Postcode: CM9 5JQ. It is open 7.30am until dusk (later if there is a special event)
Toilet blocks include disabled facilities and a Changing Places toilet accessed by Radar key. The park is wheelchair accessible.
In the park £1.20 up to 1hr, £2.40 up to 2 hrs, £6.00 up to 4hrs or £7.70 all day.
TICKET MACHINES CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPT CARD PAYMENTS or via the Ringo app which incurs extra an charge
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the park but are not allowed in fenced off areas – children’s playground and splash park. Please be aware that there are certain parts of the park where dogs must be kept on leads.