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Queens Hall

The Queens Hall in Minehead is a great family pub located on the seafront, between Butlins and the Railway. We pride ourselves on quality food and drink through our extensive menu, so whether it's breakfast, a light snak nd coffee, a relaxing meal or a big family celebration, then this is the place for you. With 400 sq ft of fun for kids of all ages, including a free soft play area, amusement machines, pool table and darts, ther is something to keep you entertained for hours. If you love to watch the sport, then there is no where better than at the Queens Hall. The giant 27ft sports screen shows all the latest action including football and rugby. The is also live events throughout the year for bnoth adults and children. To see what events are coming up at the Queens Hall ,then please visit, www.queenshall.info, or alternatively ring us on 01643 703044



THE ACORN FOLK CLUB'S Come All Ye/Singaround attracted twelve amateur performers to the Pier Room at the Old Ship Aground on Sat 5th May, 2007.

Surprisingly only two of those sang unaccompanied, Ron Bryant - a stalwart of the club giving us a song he had composed about the songs he sings at the Acorn FC, many of them being local such as "The Exmoor Hunting Song".  Jim Parham, too, gave his "May Hobby Horse Song" with the line "Your melodeons for to play".  The Club was fortunate to have a visit from Phil Underwood of Surrey, a superb melodeon player and singer, who has been coming to Minehead for twenty-one years to participate in the local Hobby Horse celebrations to welcome in the summer.

Other instrumentalists included "The Iron Dukes", a new trio from Wellington, with concertina, fiddle, guitar and voices, three guitarists who included much appreciated blues from Roger Strevens, creative songwriting from Pippa Johnson and May songs from Eileen Ann Moore, and the youngest performer - Bertie Owen (8) on cornet with "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Polly Wolly Doodle" accompanied by his mother Jeannette on keyboard. 

Lower than usual on attendance with people being away for the Bank Holiday weekend and competition from folk festivals, nevertheless founder Eileen Ann Moore was thanked for a lovely time at the end of the evening.  The 22nd Guest Night is on Sat 2nd June with Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner, comedy duo with terrific harmony singing.  Tickets £4 in advance £5 on the door. Contact 01643 709394 or visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details.



a song about the Hobby Horse by Eileen Ann Moore (September 2004)


On the first of May, at the break of day

You will hear the sound, all around the town

Refrain For the Hobby Horse is coming, to welcome in the summer

See the children run, in the morning sun

When the Queen is crowned, and melodeons sound


 And the town's asleep, out of bed they creep

For the drums they beat, and there's dancing feet


 There are legends old, of the Vikings bold

Who turned around when they heard the sound


 On the Minehead coast, sailors lives were lost

But a cow survived, and her tail's alive

Refrain And ....

At the Castle gate, all the drums will beat

And the maidens fair will be welcomed there


Sing part of the Hobby Horse tune

So come all ye, celebrate with me
the drums beat loud, to the music's sound Refrain And ....

Tradition we keep, up on Minehead's steep
For it's Booty night, hold your money tight


 What a fine old sight, dancing through the night
To the stable door, for to rest once more


For the Hobby Horse has come .... To welcome in the Summer

But be full of cheer, for in May next year
You will hear the sound, all around the town


For the Hobby Horse will come .... To welcome in the Summer

Sing part of the Hobby Horse tune