- Wickham Horse Fair is held near Fareham and dates back to the year 1269 and has been running for 800 years
- The event is expected to attract over 1,000 visitors and is one of the year’s biggest highlight for horse riders
- As part of festivities at the fair, participants and visitors will sell horses, as well as taking part in the horse run
Published: 09:30 EDT, 20 May 2019 | Updated: 17:29 EDT, 20 May 2019
Hundreds have descended on Wickham for the annual horse fair today for the prestigious event which will see people from across the travelling community come together for the age-old tradition.
The fair is one of two highlights of the horse-riding calendar which also includes the famous Appleby Horse Fair which takes place later on this year in June.
The event near Fareham, near Portsmouth, is expected to attract over a 1,000 visitors. Despite not starting until today, Wickham Square had been closed in preparation for the event since yesterday.
As part of festivities at the fair, participants and visitors will sell horses and some will take part in the horse run. There will also be plenty of fun for the family, including a funfair and market stalls.
The horse fair itself dates back to the year 1269 and has been running annually for almost 800 years.
Those looking to get down to the fair today will need to take an umbrella though. The Met Office has forecast rain for the day, with some sunny intervals, with some rainfall between 4pm and 10pm.
Horse owners parade their horses down the street in Wickham at the annual horse fair today. The fair is one of two highlights of the horse-riding calendar
This woman decided to get her high heels out and brace the weather forecast at the horse fair earlier today which is attended by people from up and down the country
Giddy-up: this man and young boy look like they are having a whale of a time as they ride down the street in a horse and cart
These three women decided to dress-up for the event which is the second biggest horse fair to take place in the country
This little girl seemed to be enjoying the event and had worn frilly socks and a dress while the woman with her wore high heels and held onto a bag of candy floss
One woman is pictured in a floral dress as members of the travelling community gathered for the prestigious event which is also an age-old tradition
Horses are pictured outside an Indian restaurant. The event near Fareham is expected to attract over a 1,000 visitors
These young women are pictured walking around the fair. There was be plenty of fun for the family, including a funfair and market stalls
A man and woman are pictured riding on a horse in the show. Another popular event is the Appleby Horse Fair, which takes place later on this year in June
The busy event attracted hundreds of visitors. A horse and cart is pictured going through the bustling marketplace as the show takes place
One woman is pictured taking home a white flower ornament in a bag, while a child walks past a stall selling candy floss and sweets
These visitors are seen enjoying a pint as they talk with family and friends. The Wickham Horse Fair takes place every year in the Hampshire town
Visitors are pictured gathering around the bar tent as a horse is pictured right. Attendees are pictured wearing jeans and dresses at the social event
Visitors are pictured enjoying themselves on a funfair ride which spins around in the air. They are seen holding on to the bars tightly as the ride spins
Visitors are pictured at the event, with one woman holding a bouquet of flowers. A crowd is pictured around the two marquees behind them
Participants and visitors will sell horses at the show, as well as taking part in the horse run. The Met Office forecast rain for the day, with some sunny intervals, with some rainfall between 4pm and 10pm
Two visitors attending the fair are pictured sitting down on the grass. The local Wickham Square had been closed in preparation for the event since yesterday
People are pictured watching on as the event takes place. The horse fair dates back to the year 1269 and has been running annually for almost 800 years
Horses were lined up alongside the road today with their tails having been plaited and decorated with festive ribbons and bows
The event near Fareham is being attended by thousands of visitors including these women who dressed up for the occasion
Those attending the fair gathered at the barriers today while one man rode his horse with a saddle (pictured above) down the street
Young women were gathered outside the small shops in the area (pictured above) with many wearing matching bows in their hair to their outfits
The fair is one of two highlights of the horse-riding calendar which also includes the famous Appleby Horse Fair which takes place later on this year in June
These two took time out from the fun of the horse fair in Wickham to have a chat
Another man seemed to be enjoying himself as he attached a cart to his horse and rode it down the street during the fair this afternoon
People gathered around the Wickham area to discuss the days festivities while two horse stood nearby, both with white fur with a darker trim
Those attending the fair today would be able to purchase a range of items including stuffed horses and even toy horses that come with a cart
People took the opportunity to dress up for the day, like this one woman (left) who wore a colourful suit to the day out she was attending with her family and friends
Horses were seen being led down the street by their owners while bystanders watched on and some even captured the moment on film, as one man can be seen doing, right
Visitors are pictured standing at the barricades and watching the event take place. Hundreds have descended on Wickham for the annual horse fair today
The event is one of the biggest in the horse riding community and these women took the opportunity to put on their best jeans and sunglasses
Catching up with friends! This group were seen having a chat with each other and appeared to be enjoying the festivities of the day
Feeling peckish? These women were pictured tucking into a burger while they took a break from the festivities and had some lunch
This man was pictured with his beautiful horse which had a white coat and white spots. Many watched on while he rode it down the road
Many attend the event in order to purchase horses from other traders who travel to the event in the Wickham area of Fareham
This man was pictured looking after the tail of one of his horses which had plaits and colourful ribbons on it as well as the rest of its mane
Easy Rider! A man steers the horse down the road as a crowd of onlookers admire the display at the centuries old fair