Banbury Hobby Horse Festival

Where: Banbury, Oxon - town centre
When: Second weekend in October (formerly 1st Sunday in July)
Time: From 7pm on the Friday -for full breakdown of times see Folk Festival links


Every October the town of Banbury is overrun by an influx of unusual equines and their companions – the hobby horses have come to town! This is a relatively recent custom celebrating the ancient hobby horse of lore and legend; around 30 horses and other beasts travel from all over the country to take part. You can expect plenty of morris dancing, capering and neighing. Performances take place all around town over the weekend, and there are stalls and further entertainments at the Park. The event used to be over a weekend in July, but has now merged with Banbury Folk Festival in the autumn.

Helpful Hints

In 2017 the festival was held on 6th-8th October – 2018 dates are yet to be announced.

Click here for the Facebook page :

and here for the Folk Festival :

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