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Appleby Traveller Horse Fair

What could be a better place to practice your photographic skills than Appleby Horse Fair? Once a year this picturesque Cumbrian village hosts Europe’s biggest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers. Horses are washed in the river and chariots raced down the street while horse tack and all manner of other things are sold in pop-up market stalls. With so much culture and action in one place and with an expert tutor on hand to give tips, advice and inspiration, you’re bound to come home with some fantastic images.


Thursday 9th:

- Meeting at Penrith Station, we'll travel together to our accommodation and on to Appleby.
- We’ll grab some lunch nearby and head into the village, where the fair is in full swing.
- After capturing the action at the river Eden, we'll look at some of the pictures on the back of our cameras with some quick tips from the tutor.
- Afterwards we’ll visit the ‘flashing lane’ where horses are shown off by being raced up and down the road.
- In the evening we’ll head back to Penrith for dinner and a review of the day’s images.

Friday 10th:

- After checking out of our accommodation we’ll drive back to the fair and explore the market and camping area- a fantastic opportunity for observational documentary photos.
- There will also be chance to capture more images from the river, the flashing lane and the general atmosphere surrounding the event.
- Then it’s back to Penrith for a presentation of the group’s best images from the weekend over lunch.
- Afterwards we’ll pick up our bags and head to the station for our trains home.


- Expert tuition and worksheets for the weekend.
- Road transport to and from Appleby from Penrith.
- Carefully planned itinerary with Frui's guidance of the best areas to shoot from.
- All bookings.
- Evening photo feedback session.


Accommodation gets very booked up on this weekend. We have reserved some rooms in the following accommodation: speak to us if you are interested in taking one of the rooms:

The White House Guest house
CA10 2EL

But any accommodation in or near Penrith town is suitable.


Train timetables for June have yet to be published, but based on earlier timetables we recommend these trains if you are coming from London:

Depart London Euston: 09:30, Arrive Penrith 12:30

Depart Penrith 16:50, Arrive London Euston 20:11

25 – 28 January 2022 –  £989   £889 Devon Pilates Retreat

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9 April 2022 –  £180   £99 Rye and Dungeness Weekender

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22 – 24 April 2022 –  £380   £270 Goth, Castles and the North Yorkshire Moors Weekender

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29 April – 1 May 2022 –  £350   £249 Jurassic Coast Weekender

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11 – 12 June 2022 –  £349   £249 Appleby Horse Fair Weekender

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17 – 19 June 2022 –  £449   £259 Northumberland Castles & Islands Weekender

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17 – 19 June 2022 –  £449   £349 Giants Causeway Weekender

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26 June 2022 –  £120   £75 Isle of Wight Rib shoot

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1 – 3 July 2022 –  £350   £249 Brecon Beacons Photography Weekender

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21 – 23 October 2022 –  £310 Ross & Wye Weekender

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*Devon Pilates Retreat

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*Rye and Dungeness Weekender

22 – 24 Apr 2022 Book Now
*Goth, Castles and the North Yorkshire Moors Weekender

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*Jurassic Coast Weekender

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*Appleby Horse Fair Weekender

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*Northumberland Castles & Islands Weekender

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*Giants Causeway Weekender

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*Isle of Wight Rib shoot

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