Please note that the information below relates to our 2021 event which has now taken place. However it is likely that Imberbus 2022 will follow a similar format, so we have retained this information on our website to assist future visitors.
For links to a selection of pictures and videos taken by visitors to our event – click HERE.
Imberbus 2021 was held on Saturday 21st August when more than 18 old and new Routemaster buses (plus a few guest vehicles) operated from Warminster to Imber and other points on Salisbury Plain.
A major difference to our event this year was that on this date, access to Imber was only possible using the Imberbuses themselves. Cars, motorbikes, cycles, scooters or pedestrians were not permitted access to the military roads on this date, so anyone that wanted to drive their own vehicle to Imber had to delay their trip until the following weekend when the road through Imber was available to all vehicles. For further details of other dates when the road through Imber is open, please visit the Imber Church website.
What we had planned for Imberbus 2021:
A summary of the timetable that we operated can be downloaded by clicking here. A more detailed version of the timetable can also be found here. and a full colour Event Guide was available on the day (please click the picture below if you would like a peek at it). Important features of this year’s Imberbus included:
- At least 25 buses in operation, some of which were wheelchair accessible.
- Departures approximately every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.45am onwards;
- Buses serving Tilshead, Chitterne, West Lavington, Market Lavington and Brazen Bottom twice an hour throughout the day;
- Buses twice an hour to New Zealand Farm Camp until early afternoon;
- One morning and two afternoon journeys running direct between Warminster and Chitterne (not via Imber);
- Most journeys operated by at least 2 vehicles;
- Imber Church open for viewing and refreshments from 10am to 6pm;
- Refreshments also available Caspers Cafe on platform 1 of Warminster Station and at the village halls in Chitterne and Tilshead. In addition, cream teas were served in the Old School House next to Market Lavington Church between Midday and 5pm;
- A small transport sales stall was available inside Tilshead village hall.
The routes that the buses took can be seen on the map below (please click on it to see a larger version in PDF format). As usual, buses connected at our Gore Cross interchange, so that passengers could easily travel to/from all points on our network.
How much does it cost to travel on Imberbus ?
To enable visitors to explore our services in an affordable way, we offered an all day ticket at a cost of £10 per adult. However, ordinary bus fares were also available and so any adults who just wished to travel from Warminster to visit the 16th century St Giles’ Church at Imber were able to purchase a £5 ticket covering the journey there and back. In addition, up to 3 children were allowed to accompany each adult for the bargain all-day fare of just £1 each.
Imberbus operates as an ordinary local bus service, so there was no facility to pre-book or pay in advance – passengers just turned up and paid the conductor on the bus in cash (payment in £5 or £10 notes or £1 and £2 coins is always appreciated and there were cash machines available in Warminster town centre for those that needed them). To speed things up we also had staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station during the morning, some of whom were able to accept payment by credit/debit/contactless cards. We regret however that we were unable to accept concessionary bus passes for travel on our buses.
How to get to Warminster
Advice on travelling to Warminster can be found on the “How to get to Warminster” page on our website. This includes a map of car parks but as parking is sometimes in short supply, we strongly advise those attending our event to travel to Warminster using public transport. Trains run approximately every hour to Warminster from Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth, with connections available from London and the West Country at Westbury and Salisbury – please see the Great Western Railway website for timetables and further details. There are also a few direct trains from London Waterloo to Warminster each day – for more information, please visit the South Western Railway website .
Ordinary bus services also run to Warminster from Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury and Frome and further details of these can be found on the Traveline website.
If you are intending to stay overnight in the area, you may wish to visit the Warminster Community Hub website to find suitable accommodation.
IMPORTANT – If you are planning on bringing a group of people to Warminster in a bus or coach to a future Imberbus, please contact us as there are very few coach parking facilities available in Warminster.
If you would like further information about our event, please check out the other pages on our website, including the Frequently Asked Questions page 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!). You can also view the Imberbus video below;
If you can see anything below this line, it is an advertisement and is not related to our event, so please ignore it.