Goosemire Cottages Blog


Date: 20th March 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: appleby horse fair

Appleby Horse Fair has been held for one week every year from the first Thursday in June until the second Wednesday since at least 1750. The fair is world famous, and unique throughout Europe.

The annual event is attended by Gypsies and Travellers mainly to buy and sell horses, but also to celebrate their history and folklore and meet with old friends. Traditionally the Travellers reside on Fair Hill, just on the outskirts of Appleby, and younger members of their families wash the horses in the River Eden to prepare them for sale.

Appleby Fair attracts around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, and over 30,000 other visitors. Sunday is traditionally the main visitors’ day. Appleby normally only has a population of approx 2500, therefore the town is transformed for the week of the fair.

The fair is not classed as an organised event, however since 2008 several public sector groups including the Emergency services, RSPCA, and Highways Authority have taken over the organisation of the event so that it can continue to run as safely as possible. 

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