This is a final reminder that year’s Imberbus service will be running this Saturday – 17th August 2019.
Once again we will be using more than 25 old and new Routemasters to operate our service, which will provide departures approximately every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.45am onwards. On arrival at Imber, some buses will then carry on to Gore Cross, from where they will continue twice an hour either to New Zealand Farm Camp or to Tilshead & Chitterne, or to Brazen Bottom and Market Lavington.
For those of you that are spending the whole day with us and fancy a bit of variety, we will once again be operating an extra journey from Warminster at 10.35am which will follow the southern edge of Salisbury Plain direct to Chitterne, missing out Imber altogether !
Chitterne is just one of the places further along Salisbury Plain that you can visit using Imberbus and these are explained on the new Beyond Imber page on our website. This also includes details of how to obtain tickets to see inside the normally out of bounds New Zealand Farm Camp, which can only be done in advance before 17th August, so please be sure to book them ASAP.
To coincide with our event, the Market Lavington Museum will be opening specially for our event between 11am & 4pm and will once again be serving cream teas. If you wish to visit the museum, please ask the conductor to stop the bus at our special bus stop near the church. Light refreshments will also be available at Imber Church, Tilshead and Chitterne Village Halls and from the Buffet at Warminster Station, whilst those wishing to partake of something stronger can may wish to sample the Churchill Arms at West Lavington or the Rose & Crown at Tilshead – just two of the public houses served by our service.
As usual, all buses will connect at Imber and at Gore Cross, so that passengers can easily travel to/from all points on our network. To enable you to do this in an affordable way, we will once again be offering an all day ticket at a cost of £10 per adult, with up to 3 children being allowed to accompany each adult for the bargain fare of just £1 each. However, ordinary bus fares will also be available and so if you just wish to travel from Warminster to visit the 16th century St.Giles’ Church at Imber (which will be open all day on Saturday), you can purchase an ordinary single ticket for just £3 each way.
Imberbus operates as an ordinary local bus service, so there is no need to pre-book or pay in advance – just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus in cash (payment in £5 or £10 notes or £1 coins would be appreciated !). To speed things up we will also have staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station on Saturday morning, one of whom should be able to take credit card payments. However please note that unfortunately we cannot accept concessionary bus passes for free travel on our buses.
As Imber is in a military area that is normally closed to the public, facilities there are extremely limited and there are restrictions on where you can wander when you arrive. We have therefore produced an Imberbus FAQ page on our website which provides important information on where you can and cannot go, where you can get something to eat and also the location of public toilets (which are few and far between on the Salisbury Plain!).
Please also bear in mind that the Salisbury Plain is a very exposed location with very little shelter except in Imber Church! Therefore whilst the weather forecast for this weekend is gradually improving, we would strongly advise you to wear sensible footwear and bring an umbrella with you just in case.
Our website also includes a page with advice on how to get to Warminster with a map showing the location of suitable car parks. However, Warminster is not the only place that you can join our buses as we pick up at bus stops along the route at Market Lavington, West Lavington, Tilshead and Chitterne – just signal clearly to the driver by putting your hand out as the bus approaches. For those that would prefer to drive to Imber, there will again be a “Park & Ride” car park to the east of the village which our buses will also be calling at – please look out for the signs as you approach Imber.
Warminster is also well served by an hourly train service from Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth, with connections available from London and the West Country at Westbury – please see the GWR website for timetables and further details.
Ordinary bus services also run to Warminster on Saturdays from Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury and Frome and further details of these can be found on the Traveline website.
We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday and if you would like further information about our event, please check out the other pages on our website – www.imberbus.wordpress.com. We would also be keen to see any photographs that you take on the day – particularly if they would be suitable to replace those currently in use on our publicity, tickets or website. Please feel free to get in touch if you think you have any that might fit the bill.