"It was about the time of the horse fair; and the canal basin was crowded with narrowboats and butty boats, with traders and travellers, and the wharves along the waterfront in Jericho were bright with gleaming harness and loud with the clop of hooves and the clamour of bargaining."
—Brief description of the event[src]

The Horse Fair is an annual gyptian festival in which gyptians from all over Brytain come to Port Meadow in Oxford. The fair takes place during the second full week of July.[1]


During the Horse Fair of 1997, Billy Costa was kidnapped by the General Oblation Board and taken to Bolvangar.[2]



  1. Lyra's Oxford, page 32
  2. Northern Lights, Chapter 3