Stow Horse Fair

Where: Stow on the Wold, Gloucs in fields on the Maugersbury Road
When: Thursday nearest 12th May
Time: All day


This is a traditional fair for gypsies and travelling people to meet up and trade and it dates back literally hundreds of years, the Charter being granted in 1476. It began as a sheep fair, the Cotswolds being prime country for the wool trade, but has evolved into a horse fair something like the June event at Appleby (see separate listing) with lots of equines, horse-drawn caravans and sightseers keen to soak up the atmosphere and buy from the many stalls. Travellers will be there for a few days around the Fair date, usually beginning to arrive on the preceding Monday, and will return again in October for the second of the bi-annual fairs (the May fair is the bigger of the two).

Helpful Hints

In 2018 it will be on Thursday May 10th.

Parking will be available on the Cricket Field and King George’s Field. Be prepared for muddy conditions in the fields!!

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