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Appleby Horse Fair Community Drop-in Event

Appleby Horse Fair 2015 Credit: PA

An event will be held where local residents in South Lakeland can learn more about arrangements for this year's Appleby Horse Fair, and share any concerns or ideas.

The fair will be running from the 8th to the 14th of June and attracts up to 40,000 visitors.

The pre-fair drop-in meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th of May, at Barbon Village Hall from 4-6pm.

South Lakeland District Council say they will work with local authorities and to manage the migration of Travellers to and from the fair. Temporary stopping point sites will also be organised for traditional and motorised caravans.

The temporary stopping points will be available from Tuesday 30th May to Thursday 8th June and Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June at:

  • Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Middleton Common, near Sedbergh
  • Rawthey Bridge, Cautley, near Sedbergh
  • Scrogg Bank, Sedbergh

Through our arrangements leading up to, during and after the fair we want to ensure the movement of Gypsies and Travellers through the district is safe and enjoyable for everyone and to reduce the impact on the environment.

– John Barwise, SLDC’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

Anyone who cannot make the drop-in meeting but would like to raise any issues can contact SLDC’s streetcare team by emailing: or calling 01539 733333.

Appleby Horse Fair meeting

Horses being washed in traditional style in River Eden at Appleby Horsefair Credit: PA

People in Appleby are being asked for their views on this year's Horse Fair.

Cumbria County Council is holding a meeting at the town's Public Hall tonight where residents can make suggestions on what went well and where policing and traffic management improvements could be made next year.



Drivers warned to reduce speed ahead of Appleby Horse Fair

Police are warning drivers to reduce their speed around horse drawn vehicles in the build up to the Appleby Horse Fair.

This year's fair starts next Thursday and caravans and horses have already begun heading to the town.

Appleby Horse Fair meeting

Appleby Horse Fair Credit: Press Association

Residents are being invited to discuss plans for this year’s Appleby Horse Fair.

Cumbria County Council is holding a special meeting of the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Forum on Monday 23 May 2016, 7pm to 9pm at the Public Hall, Appleby.

The Chair of the Fair’s multi-agency strategic coordinating group (MASCG), and Chief Executive of Eden District Council, Robin Hooper will present arrangements for the 2016 fair.

The meeting, chaired by Appleby County Councillor Martin Stephenson, will give local people the opportunity to hear about operational planning for the fair directly from the coordinating group and ask questions or raise concerns.

“We’ll be discussing a range of issues relating to the fair including policing, traffic management and the regulation of caravan sites, so I’d encourage residents to come along and find out more.”

– Martin Stephenson, Cumbria County Councillor for Appleby

Following the fair there will be a public debrief meeting at Appleby Public Hall between 7pm and 9pm on Monday 18 July to discuss how it went and give residents an opportunity to make suggestions for the planning process for next year.

Appleby Horse Fair 2016 runs from 2nd June to 8th June. For more information visit

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