The Sailor's Horse is part of the traditional May Day celebrations in Minehead.
The Sailor's Horse is part of the traditional May Day celebrations in Minehead. The hobby horse perambulates the port of Minehead. It measures eight feet in length and three feet in breadth, and consists of a frame covered in a cloth that has been painted with brightly coloured roundels and decorated with ribbons affixed along the top. The wording "Sailors Horse" is written in large capital letters across the side of the cloth. The head of the man carrying the horse protrudes from the middle of the frame; he wears a painted mask with a crested conical hood affixed with coloured ribbons. A tail made from rope is also affixed to the horse.