Hobby Horse Workshop

when?

Monday, November 28

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

where?

Victoria Park Poolhouse

located on south east side of

Victoria Park

It's the only building in Victoria Park!

DROP-IN WORKSHOP

Suitable for ages 7+

Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

 

With nails for teeth and a snapping jaw, the hobby horse is a strange mummers disguise and a most peculiar breed of animal. Come build a hobby horse and ride it around at the Mummers Parade!  We want a cavalry of holiday beasts and need your help!

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN HOCKEY STICK OR BROOM HANDLE TO SUPPORT YOUR HORSE!

Workshops are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

 

For ages 7 and older.

There must be one supervising adult for each child under 16 years of age. 


Read more about hobby horses here.

VICTORIA PARK POOLHOUSE

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Click on the map for info about parking and event location.

parking FOR VICTORIA PARK POOLHOUSE

The main parking lot for Victoria Park is located off of Sudbury Street, just north of the D.F. Barnes parking lot. You can access Sudbury street from either Water Street or Hamilton Avenue.

Once you park, walk the pak trail heading east and down the hill, cross in front of the playground, and to the Poolhouse. It's the only building in  Victoria Park!

You can also park on Water Street, walk up Alexander Street, turn right onto Angel Place and walk to the end of the cul de sac; the building is located up a path to to the right side of the park entrance.

 

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About the Hobby Horse Workshop

 

The Mummers Festival has been running Hobby Horse Workshops since 2009. We turned to archival materials and conducted interviews to learn more about this tradition. Our template is modelled after mid-1900s hobby horses located in the Memorial University Folklore Archives. These horses now turn up at the Mummers Parade and are used during the traditional Christmas-time, house-visiting tradition of mummering. The Festival has successfully repopulated the province with this nearly-extinct and most peculiar breed.