Licensed premises update for Appleby Horse Fair

23 May 2024

The Multi Agency Strategic Coordinating Group (MASCG) has published an updated list of licensed premises in Appleby and Kirkby Stephen that will be open during this year’s Horse Fair.

In Kirkby Stephen, the Sports & Social Club will be open during the Fair and The Engine Shed will be open for site residents.

In Appleby, a number of licensed premises will remain open, including The Royal Oak, The Midland Hotel and The Grapes Inn. Appleby Golf Club will also remain open to members only.

A full list of licensed premises, including details of opening times, is available at Licensed Premises at Appleby Horse Fair | Appleby Horse Fair (

Wannasee Ltd. recently provided a boost for this year’s Fair when they announced the return of the Travelling Man bar at this year’s Fair. The mobile bar proved a popular addition to last year’s Fair and its return has been welcomed by the MASCG.

Westmorland and Furness Council’s Interim Senior Manager for Public Protection, Emma Brass, said, “Licensed premises opening prior to and during the Fair have agreed to operate with restricted hours. where premises will open at midday, stop serving at 11pm and close at 11.30pm. 

“They have also agreed to serve drinks in plastic containers and to provide extra staff to minimise queues. These voluntary measures have been agreed to ensure the safety of customers and staff.”

For more information, please visit or contact Westmorland and Furness Council’s Licensing Team. Telephone 01768 212148, or Email