Travellers head to Cotswolds for annual Gipsy horse fair

Hundreds of travellers from across the country dressed to impress as they descended on a sleepy Cotswolds town for a 500-year-old horse fair.  

Romany carriages, stalls flogging handicrafts and girls with flamboyant hairstyles donning traditional dresses were all on display in Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Stow Gipsy Fair is held twice a year – in May and October – and dates back to 1476, when a Charter was granted for it to be held. 

The fair is considered one of the biggest events in the Gipsy and traveller calendar and sees hundreds of horses paraded and sold. 

Psychic Romany Rose is pictured in her caravan with her crystal ball, fake tanned women browse market stalls and other gipsy visitors relax in deckchairs. 

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Smile for the camera: Friends Ashley and Stephanie Mochanall enjoy taking in the sights and stalls at the  at the Stow-on-the-Wold Hypsy Horse Fair

Smile for the camera: Friends Ashley and Stephanie Mochanall enjoy taking in the sights and stalls at the  at the Stow-on-the-Wold Hypsy Horse Fair

Smile for the camera: Friends Ashley and Stephanie Mochanall enjoy taking in the sights and stalls at the  at the Stow-on-the-Wold Hypsy Horse Fair

Colourfully-clad travellers descended on the quiet Cotswolds town to buy adnd sell horses, such as the one pictured above

Colourfully-clad travellers descended on the quiet Cotswolds town to buy adnd sell horses, such as the one pictured above

Colourfully-clad travellers descended on the quiet Cotswolds town to buy adnd sell horses, such as the one pictured above

A colourful horse cart is advertised for sale by three men at the Stow-on-the-Wold Gipsy Horse Fair, in Gloucestershire

A colourful horse cart is advertised for sale by three men at the Stow-on-the-Wold Gipsy Horse Fair, in Gloucestershire

A colourful horse cart is advertised for sale by three men at the Stow-on-the-Wold Gipsy Horse Fair, in Gloucestershire

Dressed to impress: Demi Parkes proudly shows of an item of children clothing that she is selling as part of the stall that she has set up at the fair. Other garments can be seen hung up around a stall

Dressed to impress: Demi Parkes proudly shows of an item of children clothing that she is selling as part of the stall that she has set up at the fair. Other garments can be seen hung up around a stall

Dressed to impress: Demi Parkes proudly shows of an item of children clothing that she is selling as part of the stall that she has set up at the fair. Other garments can be seen hung up around a stall

Fortune teller: Romany Rose sits inside her caravan with three crystal balls. A picture on an older-style caravan can be seen on the side

Fortune teller: Romany Rose sits inside her caravan with three crystal balls. A picture on an older-style caravan can be seen on the side

Fortune teller: Romany Rose sits inside her caravan with three crystal balls. A picture on an older-style caravan can be seen on the side

Mane event: James Evans shows off one a pony, with another standing just behind. They are just two of the many horses that are sold at the famous Cotswolds festival every year

Mane event: James Evans shows off one a pony, with another standing just behind. They are just two of the many horses that are sold at the famous Cotswolds festival every year

Mane event: James Evans shows off one a pony, with another standing just behind. They are just two of the many horses that are sold at the famous Cotswolds festival every year

Carting about: Billy Price and Crimea Lee pictured playing on a horse's cart, showing that the festival is enjoyed by people of all ages

Carting about: Billy Price and Crimea Lee pictured playing on a horse's cart, showing that the festival is enjoyed by people of all ages

Carting about: Billy Price and Crimea Lee pictured playing on a horse’s cart, showing that the festival is enjoyed by people of all ages

Elsewhere, men in tweed jackets mingle and young boys parade Shetland ponies while horses roam freely and graze the land.

Gipsies from around Britain flocked to the festival, at Maugersbury Park on Thursday.

Traveller Anthony Alsop, 36 from Staffordshire said: ‘Today is the travelling community coming together and being sociable.

‘More and more travellers seem to be coming each year and it is growing well. This will be my fifth year here and I really like coming here.

‘The children have a great time playing with each other.

‘I travel and breed the horses because I love them.

‘They are foaling at the moment, some will come along still over the next few weeks, but then we will still be getting some coming along at the end of the summer.

‘We are due to come back in July and September.’

Man's (and woman's) best friend: Steve and Liz Miller  relax in their camping chairs at the festival with their cross-breed dog Maccy D

Man's (and woman's) best friend: Steve and Liz Miller  relax in their camping chairs at the festival with their cross-breed dog Maccy D

Man’s (and woman’s) best friend: Steve and Liz Miller  relax in their camping chairs at the festival with their cross-breed dog Maccy D

Linda Evans, Caroline Biddle and Elainea Calleaine

Linda Evans, Caroline Biddle and Elainea Calleaine

As were Juliet Clarke and Rosie Hegarty

As were Juliet Clarke and Rosie Hegarty

All smiles: Linda Evans, Caroline Biddle and Elainea Calleaine (left) were enjoying the festival, as were Juliet Clarke and Rosie Hegarty (right)

Peace: Isabella Biddle was one the youngest attendants of the festival, which took place throughout the day on Thursday

Peace: Isabella Biddle was one the youngest attendants of the festival, which took place throughout the day on Thursday

Peace: Isabella Biddle was one the youngest attendants of the festival, which took place throughout the day on Thursday

Fun for all the family: Two mothers push their prams along the pathway as they take in some of the items and refreshments on offer

Fun for all the family: Two mothers push their prams along the pathway as they take in some of the items and refreshments on offer

Fun for all the family: Two mothers push their prams along the pathway as they take in some of the items and refreshments on offer

The Stow Gipsy Fair is held twice a year - in May and October - and dates back to 1476, when a Charter was granted for it to be held

The Stow Gipsy Fair is held twice a year - in May and October - and dates back to 1476, when a Charter was granted for it to be held

The Stow Gipsy Fair is held twice a year – in May and October – and dates back to 1476, when a Charter was granted for it to be held

Towing the path: These teens were amonmg the hundreds of Gipsies from around Britain who flocked to the festival, at Maugersbury Park

Towing the path: These teens were amonmg the hundreds of Gipsies from around Britain who flocked to the festival, at Maugersbury Park

Towing the path: These teens were amonmg the hundreds of Gipsies from around Britain who flocked to the festival, at Maugersbury Park

From afar: The fair is considered one of the biggest events in the Gipsy and traveller calendar and sees hundreds of horses paraded and sold

From afar: The fair is considered one of the biggest events in the Gipsy and traveller calendar and sees hundreds of horses paraded and sold

From afar: The fair is considered one of the biggest events in the Gipsy and traveller calendar and sees hundreds of horses paraded and sold