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Appleby Horse Fair

Appleby Horse Fair 2018

Appleby Horse Fair takes place from Thursday 7 June until Wednesday 13 June 2018. The main days are the Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June. For the latest information about the Fair please visit:

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Visiting Appleby Horse Fair

Appleby Horse Fair is a major tourist event which attracts many thousands of visitors each year. The main days for visiting are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Some general advice for visitors:

  • Be prepared for bad weather. There is little to no shelter available
  • Don't bring your dog, as they can startle and frighten horses
  • Arrive by train or bus to avoid congestion and parking fares
  • Don't approach or pet horses without permission of the owner
  • Keep children under supervision at all times and especially around animals

More advice and information is available on Appleby Horse Fair (Official Site).

Finding accommodation

Accommodation within Appleby is in very high demand during the week of the Fair, so you may not be able to secure a room within Appleby itself and may have to look elsewhere in Eden.

Travel advice

For Travellers and Gypsies

Changes to Temporary Stopping Places – Alston Moor Makepeace’s Field 

For the 2018 Appleby Horse Fair Makepeace’s Field on Alston Moor will not be available as a temporary stopping place. Gypsies and Travellers who have previously made use of this stopping place are asked to make alternative arrangements. Please do not make any unauthorised use of this land. For information on temporary stopping places visit

For visitors

For day visitors, using public transport to travel to Appleby is recommended, because of the problems with congestion and safety when travelling by car.

Travelling by train to the fair is an option as Appleby Station (on the Settle-Carlisle line) is only a short walk from the Fair. For the latest timetable information see tickets and travel on the Settle to Carlisle Railway website.

A limited bus service operates to Appleby for available services please check bus timetables in Eden on Cumbria County Council's website.

If you do arrive by car, you need to be aware that during and leading up to the week of the fair there will be a large amount of horse drawn traffic and other slow moving vehicles in and around Appleby. There is more advice and directions for motorists on the official website -