Barnet Horse Fair
Many Irish Travellers and English Gypsies attend the Barnet Horse Fair each year. This year’s event will take place on 1st -3 rd September 2012.
Queen Elizabeth I in 1588 granted a charter to the Lord of the Manor of Barnet , Charles Butler and “his heirs and assigns” , the right to hold a weekly market on Mondays and a twice yearly fair. The reason for the fairs was to bring people together. This became known as the Barnet Fair.
Travellers first came to the Barnet Fair in 1921.
Appleby Horse Fair
7- 13 June 2012
Appleby Fair is unique in Europe and, as well as attracting around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, over 30,000 other visitors attend the Fair, with Sunday being the traditional main visitors’ day. It transforms the town of Appleby for the week, as it normally has a population of around 2,500.