HAMPSHIRE County Council has warned motorists of upcoming road closures ahead of the Wickham Horse Fair.

The fair will take place in Wickham Square on Monday, May 20, and will see members of the Gypsy and travelling community travel to the village to sell and race ponies and horses.

Temporary road closures will be in place during the fair, with road users who do not live in the area being advised to consider alternative routes around Wickham while the restrictions are in place.

Wickham Square will be closed to traffic from 12pm on Sunday, May 19, and will reopen on Tuesday, May 21 at 10am.

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The A334 will be shut between the traffic signals at Blind Lane and the roundabout junction at the A32 from 5am to 8pm on Monday, May 20. Signed diversions will be in place, and access for emergency vehicles will be facilitated at all times.

Meanwhile, temporary bus stops will also be erected for the 69, 691, 607 and SD4 services on School Road, the A32 Junction of Wykeham Field, and on Hoads Hill for the number 20 service.

The Wickham Horse Fair is a long-running event, stretching back 800 years. The event is always held on May 20, except if it falls on a Sunday.