Arrangements for horse fair at Seamer

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Together with North Yorkshire Police and our other partners, we have finalised arrangements for this year’s horse fair at Seamer, near Scarborough, on Friday 15 July.

The horse fair site is the same field as used for previous fairs, located just off the B1261 between Seamer and Crossgates, The horse fair is returning to Seamer this month after cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

The site will be open to travellers attending the horse fair from 6am on Tuesday 12 July until 6pm on Friday 15 July.

Facilities will be provided for travellers, including the provision of an onsite water supply via standpipes and a horse trough in the adjacent dell, as well as portable toilets and a daily refuse collection service. Travellers will be charged a fee for staying on the site, which will be proportionate to the number of nights they stay.

We are employing site managers who will be on site 24 hours a day for the entire time the site is open. They will collect site fees from travellers, ensure the site is managed safely, ensure that site rules are adhered to and that disturbance to local residents is kept to a minimum. Closed circuit television (CCTV) will also be in operation on a round the clock basis.

A speed limit of 5mph will apply on the site and a ‘zero tolerance policy’ in relation to potentially dangerous and irresponsible driving on site, both day and night, will be in force.  Anyone who fails to heed this warning will be required to immediately leave the site and will not be permitted to enter the site in future years.

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards will monitor the site and the RSPCA will attend to ensure the welfare of horses and other animals.

In a joint statement, all partners involved in managing the site, said:

“After a two year gap, travellers are looking to return to horse fairs they traditionally attended prior to the start of the pandemic. 

“Our commitment is to ensure that the event is safe and well-managed, and to promote respectful behaviour so that there is minimal disruption to the local resident community.”

Anyone wanting further information about the horse fair should get in touch with the appropriate agency below:

North Yorkshire Police non-emergencies - dial 101 

Scarborough Borough Council - dial 01723 232323 (office hours only) and 01723 351558 (out of hours).

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards – dial 01609 780780.