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Appleby Fair 2023

Appleby Horse Fair

Licensed Premises at Appleby Horse Fair 2019

Appleby Fair Licensing Charter
The majority of licensed premises in Appleby and Kirkby Stephen who open prior to and during the Fair have signed up to a Voluntary Charter in which they agree to restrict their opening hours for prior to and during the Fair. They also agree to use plastic glasses and not sell alcohol for consumption off the premises (with the exception of the off licences). The reason for the Voluntary Charter is to ensure that all premises are able to operate safely during an agreed period and then close simultaneously, rather than some premises staying open longer than others which would put strain on the premises staff and also the police.

  • On Licence premises have agreed to restrict their hours of opening from 12.00hrs to 23.00hrs. For more information please see the Charter of Best Practice for On licence premises which relate to Appleby premises during the Fair and Kirkby Stephen premises in the days prior to the Fair.
  • Off Licence premises have agreed to restrict their opening hours from 12.00hrs to 22.00hrs. For more information please see the Charter of Best Practice for Off License premises which relate to Appleby premises during the Fair and Kirkby Stephen premises in the days prior to the Fair.

Street Drinking and the Public Spaces Protection Order

On street drinking will only be allowed to take place on The Sands area of Appleby while there is a road closure in place from 12.00hrs to 18.00hrs. The Sands is a large area and will provide a safe environment for those who wish to enjoy a drink purchased from the Grapes public house. Following the re-opening of the Sands at 18.00hrs, alcohol consumption will NOT be allowed in the street.

There will be no other areas where on street drinking will be allowed other than premises who have an licensed outside drinking areas such as the Royal Oak in Appleby. The drinking areas can be identified because they are usually defined by barriers. Customers by law are not allowed to take alcohol outside the these areas and if they do, may cause the licensee to breach their licence conditions – if you do take your drink outside of the licensed area you may find that the licensee and staff will request that you return to the licensed area.

A Designated Public Place Order  was introduced in 2008 by the local authority covering Penrith, Alston, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby. This Order was replaced in 2018 by a Public Spaces Protection Order which allows the police to deal with anti-social street drinking. Please be aware that members of the public who try to consume alcohol outside of licensed areas may have their alcohol confiscated. Please do not take Off Licence Alcohol purchases into Sands drinking area as you will be able to purchase alcohol from the Grapes.

On Licences - Drinking Up and Closing Times

Under the Charter, licensees have voluntarily agreed to stop alcohol sales at 23.00hrs. They have also agreed to close their premises by 23.30hrs – this will give customers a satisfactory amount of time to finish off their drinks comfortably and leave the premises. Police may visit the licensed premises at closing time to ensure that all customers safely leave the premises.

If you require clarification of the above please contact the Westmorland & Furness Council Licensing Section on 01768 212148 or email [email protected]

Licensed Premises Opening for Appleby Fair

Pubs in Appleby and outlying area

  • The Grapes
  • Kings Head
  • Royal Oak
  • Crown & Cushion
  • The New Crown Inn
  • The Midland Hotel
  • The Sandford Arms
  • Eden River Cafe
  • The Tufton Arms (Residents only)
  • Masons Arms, Long Marton
  • The Stag Inn, Dufton
  • The Three Greyhounds, Great Asby
  • The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale
  • Kings Head Hotel, Ravenstonedale
  • The Bridge, Kirkby Thore
  • The Nateby Inn, Nateby

Off Licenses in Appleby

  • North Eastern Co-Operative
  • Spar Late Shop

Pubs/Clubs In Kirkby Stephen

  • The Black Bull
  • The Pennine
  • The Kings Arms
  • Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club (Members and signed in Guests only)