The idyllic Maldon District in Essex beckons for a weekend getaway, especially for those with a love for all things water. Here's how to plan the perfect coastal short break in Maldon, splashing your way into unforgettable memories:

Unwind on the Water

Topsail Charters

Set sail on board a vintage sailing barge for a memorable river cruise along the East Coast with Topsail Charters. This is an absolute must do activity in Maldon – the sailing barges ‘Thistle’ and ‘Hydrogen’ were once part of the East Coast’s tradition fleet of cargo vessels, but today take visitors along on gentle catered cruises. Sail from Maldon and discover the secrets of the Blackwater, or join the crew for a hands-on day sail.

Frangipani SUP

An amazing day out for both beginner and experienced paddleboarders! This long-established Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) school in Maldon offer a wide variety of sessions and courses. Discover a new hobby and love for the water, or simply have some one-off fun with friends and family.

Chelmer Cruises

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, beginning at the beautiful Heybridge Basin. These boat trips offer some truly stunning sites of the Essex countryside and make for a tranquil afternoon or evening activity enjoying great views plus food and drinks provided on board. All vessels are wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Topsail Charters Boat Cruise, Maldon, Essex

Fuel Up for Fun

Tiptree Tearoom at The Lock

After a morning of coastal activity, head to Tiptree Tearoom at The Lock for a spot of lunch with a view. This charming tearoom sits on the waterfront at Heybridge Basin and boasts terrific views of the Blackwater Estuary. Enjoy a fresh scone topped with classic Tiptree jam, a café style breakfast, or delicious home-made lunch.

Crouch Ridge Vineyard Dining

Indulge in a mouth-watering brunch, lunch, Tapas, local seafood or afternoon tea at Crouch Ridge Vineyard overlooking the Althorne Creek and River Crouch and stunning vineyard. Treat yourself to a private tour and wine tasting of their award-winning product. The perfect meal out for couples and friends.

Museum of Power Tearoom

Located in Langford and housed in a former Water Pumping station, the Museum of Power contains a wonderful collection of power-related exhibits that will be interesting for all age groups. During your visit, stop by the quaint tearoom for a refreshing drink, bite to eat, and a sweet treat, before exploring more of the Maldon District.

Crouch Ridge Vineyard Dining In Essex

Rest and Recharge

Chigborough Camping and Glamping

Reconnect with nature when you stay in this tranquil lakeside touring and camping grounds, just a short walk from Heybridge Basin. With 130 acres to explore, fishing lakes, onsite food and drink, and other extensive communal facilities, this peaceful oasis is guaranteed to make a trip to remember.

Sailing Barge “Reminder”

This static barge house boat is idyllic for couples and small families or groups that love being by (or on) the water. If you’re looking for unique accommodation in Maldon, this will not disappoint. With a wonderful historic past, “Reminder” is moored on the Maldon Quay and provides a wonderful getaway in the countryside for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Potters Resorts Five Lakes

Providing the UK’s only all-inclusive short breaks, Potters Resorts have everything you need to enjoy a jam-packed, memorable weekend break in Essex. Relax in comfortable accommodation, take part in fun activities such as archery, and enjoy nightly entertainment from their very own theatre company.

Chigborough Glamping Pod on Lake in Maldon, Essex

You can check out non-water related activities in Maldon here. Why not time your trip to the Maldon District with one of their many wonderful events, such as the famous Maldon Mud Race? Check out What’s On.




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