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What’s On Locally

For more information on forthcoming events in the Maldon District:

What’s On
Maldon Regatta

Saturday 21st September 2024
Hythe Quay
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.

Maldon Mud Race

Sunday 4th May 2025
Maldon Promenade Park
The Maldon Mud Race is an annual event in which competitors race to be the first to complete a 400 metre dash over over the bed of the River Blackwater

Maldon Fireworks

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Maldon Festival

The Maldon Festival brings art and music events to audiences from across Essex with concerts and events staged in and around Maldon. The Festival has a strong reputation for providing a warm welcome to audiences and is a popular fixture in region’s cultural calendar. We are proud to provide something for everyone, whether it is our loyal concert-goers or those attending their first live music or art experience.

Friends of the Queens Head

Thames Sailing Barge Trust

Experiencing in full the pleasures and excitement of sailing on an historic vessel such as a Thames Sailing Barge is not as difficult as one might imagine. The Thames Sailing Barge Trust, which owns both Pudge and Centaur, offers the opportunity to sail to various locations around the Thames Estuary, and also to take part in competition with other barges in the various barge matches arranged throughout the sailing season.

Topsail Charters

Step aboard a vintage sailing barge for a memorable river cruise. Sailing Barges ‘Thistle’ built in 1895 and ‘Hydrogen’ built 1906 were once part of the East Coast’s traditional fleet of cargo vessels; two of over 2,000 barges then. Today only a handful survive. A gentle cruise on one of these vessels allows you to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful rivers of the East Coast in a memorable and interesting way.

Viking Saga

Step aboard the Viking Saga on Maldon Promenade for a relaxing cruise. With a few different options for where to go on your viking saga cruise you will definitely have plenty of choice.
Starting from a 40 minute cruise and going up to 3 hours you can spend as much time here as you please.

Langford Museum of Power

Housed in a former Water Pumping Station, the Museum contains a fascinating collection which ranges from a working overhead machine shop to a petrol powered iron.  The jewel in our crown is the ‘Lilleshall’ triple expansion steam pumping engine ‘Marshall’ which runs on Steam for 6 big events throughout the year and on compressed air for all other events

St Mary’s Church Maldon

St Mary’s Church, Maldon is now and has been throughout its history a beacon for the town’s community and visitors. Known as the Fishermen’s Church its tower guides many sailors and their craft into the Hythe. The door is always open from early morning to dusk and the visitors’ book bears witness to those who find peace and solace in the spiritual beauty of St Mary’s historic and welcoming space.

About Maldon and the Quay


Situated at the mouth of the Blackwater Estuary this picturesque town is awash with colourful history and coastal character.
Located 40 miles from London and famed for its Thames Sailing Barges that still grace the waters around its coast, Maldon is a thriving town celebrated by the locals and much enjoyed by the visitors who find great delight in the rich heritage, beautiful surroundings and lively calendar events. Maldon is a blend of old and new, a fine example of a town that has managed to keep pace with modern trends whilst remaining sympathetic to its many traditions and practices, the production of sea salt and harvesting of oysters has taken place here for thousands of years with both products continuing to grace tables around the world. Boat building and sailing are town other industries that are still very much alive here tod


Located on the sloping bank of the river Blackwater, Maldon’s Promenade Park has been a popular leisure location for over a hundred years.
Avenues of mature trees and recreation areas lead down to the ornamental lake complete with fountains and resident swans and other birds and wildlife. Smaller children will love the sand pit which is located at one end of the lake. The pit is ajacent to one of the many refreshment kiosks in the park so you can relax with a cup of tea and watch the kids enjoying themselves. There is also an oyster and seafood bar which is open weekends and bank holidays.
At the opposite end of the lake you will find more refreshment kiosks and the main conveniences.


The once laden boats of Hythe Quay now carry passengers for sight-seeing trips and cruises, the distinctive Thames barges provide perfect venues for special occasions, private hire and corporate events.
Locally build boats such as The Viking Saga, built in 1947 and completely restored, offer cruises from Maldon and neighbouring ports and excursions out past Heybridge towards Osea Island then back in the opposite direction past Hythe Quay. Topsail Charters run two hour sailing trips from the quay out to Northey and Osea Islands on Thames Sailing Barges that depending on the time of departure include morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. They also operate weekend cruises. The barges can accommodate up to 50 guests when sailing and up to 80 on the quayside. A boat trip is a great way to see Maldon and its surrounding from the water taking in the timeless vistas of the coast and river mouth and the historic landmarks of the town.
Running down the banks of the Blackwater is the Promenade Park. Opened in 1895, this Edwardian part with its beautiful location spans over 23 hectares and is highly popular amongst locals and visitors. The park is a child’s paradise with sand pits and wet play in the fantastic Splash Park, modelling boating and crabbing, and more. For the bigger kids there is a permanent orienteering course, an aerial runway, skateboard ramps and a large BMX area. Refreshments are available around the park and there is also an oyster and seafood bar open at weekends. The park acts as a venue for some of Maldon’s many annual events such as the famous Maldon Mud Race.