You can buy Crown Derby, a horse, or a vision of the future, this weekend at Appleby-in-Westmorland, a small town lying in the Eden valley between the Lake District and the Pennines. The Appleby Horse Fair is the biggest annual gathering of the Romany people, who travel here from all over the country in an assortment of vehicles, including the beautifully painted horse-drawn vardos. The right to hold the fair, which takes place on Gallows' Hill, was established by royal charter in 1685.
The Appleby Horse Fair runs until 10 June, with the main horse-trading day on Wednesday, 10 June
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