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Minehead

A May Day Hobby Horse custom which takes place in Minehead, Somerset. It begins on the Eve (the start of the old day) at the Hobby Horse Inn or Old Ship Aground pub and continues through the next day. There is associated music and a song and the 'Sailor's Horse' moves about the town and solicits contributions from the crowd.

At sunrise on May Day, the Sailor's Horse bows three times to the Sun and then makes its way around the town again.

There are two or three horses. On May Day itself, the Sailor's Horse meets the 'Town Horse' and possibly the 'Dunster Horse' to do battle before going to Dunster Castle.

The Horse usually continues for two more days, visiting nearby villages.