Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000.
Since 1974, Minehead has been administered by the West Somerset District Council. The Town Council was created in 1983.
The town’s major tourist attraction is Butlins holiday camp. Other attractions include: the train station of the West Somerset Railway (the rail line terminates here); the town’s main ornamental park, off Blenheim Road (Blenheim Gardens); and the Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club, Somerset’s oldest golf club, established in 1882. There are a variety of sailing and wind surfing options, in addition to the usual beach activities. In addition, there are many amusement arcades and a variety of well-known high street stores (such as W H Smith and Woolworths) together with one-off local shops.
One popular ancient local tradition involves the Hobby Horse, which takes to the streets on the eve of the first of May each year, with accompanying musicians and rival horses, for four days. The first of May has been a festival day in Minehead since 1465.
The town is the starting point of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the nation’s longest long-distance countryside walking trail.
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