Drone pictures show the vast number of caravans arriving in Appleby for the famous Gypsy fair

Drone footage and pictures show the scale of arrivals at the Appleby Horse Fair as the event gets underway in Cumbria.

Thursday, 12th August 2021, 3:45 pm

The Appleby Horse Fair, also known as Appleby New Fair, is "an annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria.

The horse fair is held each year in early June, attracting roughly 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, about 1,000 caravans, several hundred horse-drawn vehicles, and about 30,000 visitors.

The Gypsy and Traveller attendees include British Romanichal, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsy and Traveller groups, Kale (Welsh Romanies) and more.

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The horses are washed in the River Eden and trotted up and down the 'flashing lane' most main days.

There is a market on Jimmy Winter's Field selling a variety of goods, some traditional to the Gypsy travelling community, and a range other horse-related products.

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Gypsies and travellers have gathered at Appleby in Cumbria for the horse fair
Drone footage shows the scale of the site
It is a traditional Gypsy Fair, more like a big family get together
Appleby Fair is not an organised event and as such there is no set programme for anything happening