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Centuries of maritime history at Maldon

Situated on the Blackwater estuary in east Essex, the beautiful town of Maldon is steeped in maritime history. The picture-perfect Hythe is the famous image that represents the town, with the barges tied up at the Quay overlooked by the Church of St Mary the Virgin. To experience a nautical adventure of your own, head to the Quay and board one of Topsail Charters' sailing barges. On board, you can learn all about the region's history while cruising the East Coast.

Splash your way around Promenade Park

For a fun-packed day in the sun, head to Promenade Park. Far from your average stretch of grass, the park's main attraction is Splash Park, a water park open to the public from April to September every year. Not keen on water? You can monkey around on the Galleon, a huge climbing frame complete with slides and a sand pit. Nearby, you'll find Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, as well as plenty of pubs and restaurants if you get hungry.

Discover Essex's fascinating military past

For an exciting overview of Essex's military prowess, head to the Combined Military Services Museum. From Civil War armour to a TSR2 jet engine, as well as the only remaining canoe used in the famous Cockleshell Heroes raid, this museum offers the perfect day out for anyone interest in military history. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Maldon? Travelodge Chelmsford Hotel is at the heart of Chelmsford, 20 minutes from Maldon, while Nearby Travelodge Basildon Wickford Hotel, close to Billericay, is also a great choice.