When is the Appleby Horse Fair 2019, where is it held and how many people usually go?

TRAVELLERS from across the UK have flocked to the town of Appleby for the one of the world’s biggest annual horse fairs.

The fair, in the Westmorland area of Cumbria, attracts around 10,000 travellers every year.

Jamie Horton from Telford, Shropshire, attends to his horses at the side of the A65 in Clapham, North Yorkshire

When is the Appleby Horse Fair 2019?

The annual fair runs this year from Thursday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 12.

Around 30,000 visitors are expected to make their way to the market town.

The fair is primarily about buying and selling horses but it is also an opportunity for travellers to swap tales and let their hair down, enjoying the socialising and friendly atmosphere.

The earliest record of the fair is in a charter from Henry II, dating from the 12th century, but it is believed to have an even longer tradition than that.

A man guides his horses along the A65 in North Yorkshire
A family brave the rain on their way to the fair
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Where is it held?

The fair is held in the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, in Cumbria, North West England.

The town has a population of just over 3,000 people.

It is situated on a loop of the River Eden.

What happens at the fair?

The event is primarily about buying and selling horses.

Sellers race and ride their horses up and down a main road to allow prospective buyers to assess their form and fitness.

The washing of the horses in the river Eden in preparation for their sale is a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.

Buying and selling of horses at the fair is done by cash-in-hand transactions and do not take place at an official auction.

Thousands braved the bad weather to take part in the show
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Travellers wash their horses in the river on the second day of the traditional fair
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