Hundreds of Gypsies and travellers return to Stow for horse festival

Hundreds of Gypsies and travellers return to the quaint Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold for biannual horse fair festival after event was cancelled last year in pandemic

  • Hundreds of people from Gypsy and traveller communities attended the biannual Stow Gypsy Horse Fair
  • It is believed the event was first held in 1476 but today’s was very muddy owing to the recent bad weather
  • Both of last year’s events, traditionally held in May and October were cancelled because of the pandemic  

Gypsy and traveller communities from across the country met in sleepy Cotswold town Stow-on-the Wold today for its historic horse fair festival, the first in over a year because of the pandemic.

Hundreds of visitors attended the Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire to see and trade the animals in accordance with a charter granted five hundred years ago.

But the recent bad weather in the area left conditions slippery as its main walkway was thick with mud.

The traveller community has been meeting in the town for the biannual event since 1476.

Both of last year’s events, traditionally held in May and October, were cancelled because of Covid.

Despite its roots in history, the event is unpopular with many locals and businesses sometimes close whilst it is on.

The next event is due to be held in October 2021.

Hundreds of people attended today’s Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire, despite the very muddy conditions 

Today’s Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire was the first held in over a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic



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Despite the muddy conditions some people chose to wear fashionable outfits for their trip to the Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire

People at the Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire met to look at and trade animals including horses and chickens 

Horses and animals have been traded at the biannual Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire for more than 500 years

This man came away from the Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire with somewhat smaller horses than others

This young man shows one of the animals on show at the Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire, held today after a year’s break because of Covid

This somewhat muddy young man shows off a toy horse he picked up at the Stow Gypsy Horse Fair in Gloucestershire today

Wellies were the order of the day as the main walkway was thick with mud owing to recent wet weather in Gloucestershire

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