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Horse fair

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'The Horse Fair' by Rosa Bonheur

A horse fair is normally an annual fair where people buy and sell horses.

In the United Kingdom there are many fairs which are traditionally attended by gypsies and travellers who converge at the fairs to buy and sell horses, meet with friends and relations and to celebrate their music, history and folklore.

Many horse fairs are centuries old such as Appleby Horse Fair, the largest horse fair in Europe[citation needed], which takes place in early June in Cumbria, England.

List of significant horse fairs in the United Kingdom

  • Horncastle Horse Fair, Lincolnshire
  • Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
  • Stow Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
  • Widecombe Fair, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon
  • Dartmoor Drift, Dartmoor, Devon
  • Brigg Fair, Brigg, Lincolnshire
  • Barnet Fair, Barnet, London
  • Lee Gap, Yorkshire

See also

  • Stow Fair, Lincolnshire , lost medieval fair which continued as a horse fair until 1954


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