Appleby Horse Fair

Loved and despised in equal measure, the annual Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria describes itself as an annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria, England. A fair has been held every year in early June since 1685 when King James II granted a Royal charter allowing a horse fair by the River Eden. The tradition of washing the horses in the river prior to the sales, is one which attracts huge crowds. Some aspects are fun and the scene is certainly colourful, but like most events which have grown too big and too modern beyond the original concept, Appleby Horse Fair doesn’t always showcase the best examples of horsemanship… or mankind.   


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