Maldon District offers so many opportunities for wonderful walks, for getting on the water and for enjoying the great outdoors. However, here are a few ideas of things to do on those rare days when it rains. In Maldon District, there is a good selection of attractions to choose from.


Venture inside one of Maldon District's many museums and you will find literally hundreds of exhibits to fascinate and entertain the inquisitive mind.

Discover the evolving story of different forms of power at the Museum of Power; investigate the history of our Combined Military Services with an array of genuine artefacts from the English Civil War to current day Special Forces; experience life at one of the last surviving Great War Aerodromes at Stow Maries; encounter the reality of steam transport at Mangapps Railway Museum and uncover the stories of Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch at the towns' two local museums.

It's guaranteed that there will be new things to learn as you gain a greater appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Maldon District.

Man looking through iron wheel of steam pump


Unique brick staircase

Take a fascinating guided tour of the Moot Hall. Constructed around 600 years ago, Moot Hall has undergone many changes of use from a manor house, a jail, a courtroom, a police station through more recently to the Town Council Chamber. Find the prisoners’ names scratched on the walls, hear the story of the Maldon murder and climb the unique brick staircase to the top of the tower for spectacular views.

Visit the Maledune Centre and see the 42 foot long Maldon Embroidery which celebrates the 1000 years since the Battle of Maldon in 991. Fascinating displays of archaeological finds, interesting archive photographic material and exhibitions of work by local artists are constantly on display.

The Thomas Plume Library is located in the same building, with its collection of over 8,000 books and pamphlets. The earliest book in the collection is a Latin Bible dating from 1418, printed in Nuremberg, the majority of the collection spanning Plume’s life in the 1600s.


Maldon District has a number of galleries showcasing different forms of visual art, from professional to amateur work, often inspired by the unique landscape and history of the district. Visit Hart & Hamm and Haylett's galleries in Maldon and  Templemann Gallery in Burnham-on-Crouch. Art exhibitions are also regularly held in the Maeldune Heritage Centre and a range of other independent venues including local village halls.

The Burnham-on-Crouch Art Trail and the Maldon Art Trail take place over the summer period. Going from strength to strength each year, a wide range of local artists display in venues in and around the high streets of Burnham-on-Crouch and Maldon. Artists are inspired by the big skies and unique light of the East Essex Coast and produce a range of media including ceramic, glass, sculpture, oils and watercolour.

Details of the trails are available in the Tourist Information Centres in Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch.


Swimming pool under water


At the newly refurbished Blackwater Leisure Centre there is a huge range of activities on offer, from swimming to the large and extremely well equipped gym.

The 25 metre long pool has 4 lanes and is supplemented by a flume and a novelty bubble pool, so there are opportunities for those who wish to train and those who wish to play.

The gym has all the latest equipment which is versatile enough to accommodate people of all abilities, ambitions, shapes and sizes.

In addition there are various classes to choose from, including Group Cycling, Studio Classes, Aquafit, Body Combat, classes for older participants and many more.

There are also a broad range of children's activities during term time and during school holidays.


Madison Heights is Maldon’s Premier Family Entertainment Centre. With everything all under one roof, it makes the perfect location for all your family to have fun.

Choose from ten-pin bowling, roller skating, a soft play centre and a lazer maze adventure. You're guaranteed to find something entertaining.

And following all that activity, what better than to relax with lunch, dinner or just a simple bar snack? Several options are available, with an 'all you can eat' oriental buffet, a steakhouse, bar snacks and an artesan café and tearoom.

Contact us for details of party packages for groups of children and adults.


Entrance to Sports Centre


At the newly refurbished Dengie Hundred Sports Centre you can choose from a wide variety of activities, including adult group fitness classes and individual use of the well-equipped gym and sports hall.

In the gym you will find a selection of the latest equipment and the sports hall and its equipment can be pre-booked over the phone. Contact us for details.

Group classes currenely include Group Cycle, Legs Bums and Tums, Body Balance, Cardio Kick, Circuits and Dance Fitness.

There is a function room which also has a bar which can be hired for events. The centre also provides facilities for children's parties.

There are a broad range of children's and toddler's activities during term time and during school holidays.


The Rio Cinema is Burnham-on-Crouch's independently owned heritage cinema where the latest films can be enjoyed in picture palace surroundings. Built in 1931 according to plans of music halls and theatres from 1912 to 1914, the cinema has 2 screens and offers the most up to date films with tickets for sale at historically low prices.

To find out which films are currently showing, consult the Rio's own website and look forward to a truly unforgettable experience.

Rio Cinema


Multi-level play area
Let’s Go Bonkers is East Essex’s most exciting and professionally designed premier indoor children’s soft play studio, featuring two uniquely designed multilevel play studios, which has something for everyone. Our professional design team have come up with a range of equipment and designs that are both innovative and ground breaking.

BABY BONKERS is our specially designed play studio for the little ones, from birth to 3-years old.

BIGGER BONKERS is for children between 3 and 12-years old and has been specifically designed to keep even the most demanding children entertained for hours.

In our modern coffee lounge you can enjoy a cup of freshly ground cappuccino or latte, sample some of our delicious and nutritious freshly prepared meals and snacks. Open every day, please click here to see our opening times.

Monkey Puzzle indoor soft play centre in Maldon Essex, is the largest indoor soft play centre in the South East and opens 7 days a week.

Monkey Puzzle is suitable for babies to children up to 12 years old (height & age restriction apply) and there is exclusive party hire for bigger Kids & Adults.

Monkey Puzzle is Multi-Award Winning; children have a fantastic time burning off that excess energy on 4 levels of play frames, with its amazing giant play frame which is over 6 metres high.

Packed with slides, tubes and fun areas to explore, our new dedicated indoor inflatable area with great bouncy pillow, bouncy maze and inflatable slides has proven to be a huge success.

Parents can enjoy a well deserved hot drink and snacks in the Monkey Puzzle café with its large seating area, so your children always know where to find you. Our Monkey Puzzle café offers freshly prepared sandwiches, toast, a children's' lunch box deal, homemade cakes plus sweet snacks.