Minehead Hobby Horse

Where: Minehead
When: May 1 (and the days around it to a lesser extent)
Time: All day from 5am at the Quay

 

May Day in Minehead is the main event for the two Hobby Horses who tour the town : the Sailors Horse and the Town Horse. They are 8 foot long canvas covered frames carried by masked men, with swinging rope tails. The history  of the custom dates back hundreds of years and they perform over a short season starting on April 30th accompanied by musicians and money-collectors called Gullivers. On April 30th they start off at 6pm at the Quay outside The Old Ship Aground pub; on May 1st the action starts from dawn also at the Quay, followed by a tour of Dunster from 6pm at the Butter Cross; on 2nd and 3rd they meet at 6 again at the Quay.

Helpful Hints

The Horses never appear on Sundays (it’s their day of rest) so if the festival period covers a Sunday, it is missed out and proceedings begin again on the Monday instead. If you’re in the area just turn up and hunt around in the High Street/Harbour area and listen carefully…if you hear music with melodeon and drums run after it and chances are you’ll find them.

To find out more click here : http://www.minehead-online.co.uk/hobbyhorse.htm

and for a video of the Town Horse click here (thanks to Hayden England for the video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=151FiRCKCbg


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