The Cotswolds – Gypsy Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold, 2009

This ancient gypsy horse fair has, since 1476, attracted hundreds of Romany Gypsies to the small and idyllic town of Stow-on-the-Wold, in the Cotswolds.


The fair is a bi-annual one day event, which takes place on the nearest Thursday to 12th May and again on the nearest Thursday to October 24th. These dates were decided upon by charter, the feast of Saints Philip and James in May and the feast of St. Edward the Confessor in October.


Although horses are still traded at the fair the emphasis these days tends to be more along the lines of a meet and greet affair. The people are friendly and very approachable; many will happily chat and pose for pictures – if you ask them nicely.


Special thanks to Rob who did all the driving on the day and to Bob & Peter for giving us a MasterClass in Photography. T’was a pleasure to watch you work, hope to do it again sometime.