GROUP VISITS

Whatever your party's size, age group, or interest, you will find that an outing to Maldon District is bound to please. Explore the area's varied heritage and museums, or arrange a guided tour. For countryside and garden lovers there are plenty of visits or activities to choose from. Even landlubbers will be tempted to take to the water on a canal trip or even cruise the estuary on a traditional Thames Sailing Barge.

Plan your outing to coincide with a special event to add an extra dimension to your visit. Besides information on places to visit with your group, the guide provides set down and parking details, places to eat, and other practical advice.

BOAT TRIPS

Enjoy a cruise down the Blackwater Estuary aboard the historic Thames Sailing Barges and experience the panoramic views of Northey Island, Osea Island and beyond. You can also enjoy longer weekend trips aboard these iconic barges. Discover seals and wildlife on the Crouch & Roach Estuaries, and get up close with nature.

Topsail Charters

Historic sailing barges ‘Hydrogen’ and ‘Thistle’ are available for regular public cruises and also for private hire for groups up to 50 from a variety of East Coast locations including Maldon and Ipswich.

Seal trips at Burnham Quay

Discovery Charters offers fishing and seal watching wildlife trips which leave from Essex Marina on Wallasea Island and the Quay at Burnham-on-Crouch.

Thames Barge Sailing Trust

Weekend and week sailing charters on the east coast for parties or individuals on board fully rigged traditional east coast sailing barges. Participation actively encouraged. Trust membership available.

The Viking Saga Boat Trips

The Viking Saga, listed on the UK National Historic Ships Register, was built locally in 1947. After a complete restoration she is now used for public cruises from Maldon and neighbouring ports.

Marigold Charters

Marigold Charters offers sailing adventures on and around the river Blackwater. Their vessel Marigold is a Gravesend Bawley built upon the lines of the Lilliam in 1869.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust

Residential sailing voyages abroad traditional vessels. Groups of 7 to 16 people, ages 12 years and upwards. No experience necessary.

Maeldune Heritage Centre
The Maeldune Heritage Centre is home to the famous Maldon Embroidery which is a 42ft long masterpiece depicting 1000 years of Maldon's history. The centre regularly holds art & craft exhibitions from local artists and craftspeople, showcasing a range of paintings, photography, textile art, pottery, and mixed media. There are also historical displays and finds, as well as a gift shop with local crafts, art and souvenirs.
Combined Miliary Services Museum, Maldon
As one of the country’s premier military museums, the Combined Military Services Museum offers insight into Britain’s military history from ancient times to the present day. Previously voted as the best museum and best exhibition in Essex, the museum offers only original and genuine items with no replicas or reproductions. The museum houses one of the world’s foremost collections of covert operations weapons, clothing and equipment.
Museum in the Park, Maldon
Maldon Museum, also known as ‘Museum in the Park’, houses exhibitions reflecting the industrial, social and domestic history of Maldon and its surrounding district. Situated by the main gate of the Promenade Park, the museum is run by a team of committed and friendly volunteers. It is one of only a handful of the 168 museums in the country to have been awarded accreditation by the Arts Council. This little gem is definitely worth the visit.

GUIDED TOURS & TALKS

Mundon Oaks
Take a guided tour of St. Mary's Church in Mundon and learn the extensive history of this Grade I listed medieval church. Behind St. Mary's Church, you can walk along a public path to view the ancient remains of an oak forest, known as the Mundon Oaks.

The Moot Hall is a building with a fascinating history and has been used as a manor house, court room, council chamber, and a prison. You can explore the Moot Hall on a tour, and its rooftop offers panoramic views of Maldon & beyond.

Hazeleigh Wood is an ancient woodland which shows benefits of traditional management techniques, e.g. coppicing, charcoal, burning etc. Group tours are available by prior arrangement.

Creeksea Place is a 16th century Tudor manor with extensive grounds with lakes, an orchard and walled garden. You can visit by prior arrangement, or attend one of their preview evenings, open days or High Tea afternoons.
St Mary's Church

Maldon

The church of St. Mary in Mundon is cared for by the Friends of Friendless Churches and it is now conserved as a Grade 1 listed medieval church.

 
 
 
Moot Hall

Maldon

This 15th Century former manorial home houses a unique brick spiral staircase, a Georgian court room, a former prison and a Victorian Council Chamber.

 
 
 
Hazeleigh Wood

Maldon

A traditionally managed ancient woodland offering guided walks suitable for all ages. Featuring flora/fauna, charcoal burning, environmental/conservation topics.

 
 
 
Creeksea Place House and Gardens

Burnham-on-Crouch

Creeksea Place is a 16th century fairytale Tudor Mansion set in beautiful gardens. The house with its captivating façade and tranquil surroundings is steeped in history.

 
 

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