Drivers reminded by police to allow extra time for journeys ahead of this year's Wickham Horse Fair

DRIVERS are being reminded to allow more time for journeys ahead of this year’s Wickham Horse Fair.

The annual event takes place on Friday, May 20 on the A334 and The Square in Wickham.

The Square will be closed to traffic from 12pm on Thursday, May 19 until 10am Saturday, May 21.

The A334 will be closed between the traffic signals at Blind Lane and the roundabout junction of the A32 from 5am to 8pm on Friday, 20 May.

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Inspector John Stribley, of Hampshire police, said: ‘Wickham Horse Fair is set to return this Friday, May 20, and anyone planning to attend should make sure they are aware of the road closures and the parking arrangements before they start their journeys.

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‘Officers will be on site throughout the event to respond to any issues that may arise.

‘We have been working closely with organisers, local authority partners and businesses to make sure this is a safe environment for residents and visitors during the event.’

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Arrangements have been made for horse boxes to be parked on the east side of the A334 between the north end of the square and the junction at Blind Lane and Titchfield Lane.

Temporary parking restrictions will be introduced to maintain traffic flow on the local diversion route through Wickham. Any vehicle parked in an unauthorised place will be towed away.

Motorists not attending the fair may wish to consider alternative routes around Wickham.

As reported, the fair was cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic however it still attracted more than a hundred residents, horse traders, and members of the Traveller community.