Please note that the information below relates to our 2022 event which has now taken place. However it is likely that Imberbus 2023 will follow a similar format, so we have retained this information on our website to assist future visitors.
Links to a selection of pictures and videos taken by visitors to our event will be published HERE shortly.
Imberbus 2022 was held on Saturday 20th August when up to 25 old and new Routemaster buses (plus a few guest vehicles) operated from Warminster to Imber and other points on Salisbury Plain.
This year, access to Imber was again 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 another occasion (for further details of other dates when the road through Imber is open, please visit the Imber Church website).
What we planned for Imberbus 2022:
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 on 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, New Zealand Farm Camp, West Lavington, Market Lavington and Brazen Bottom twice an hour throughout most of the day;
- 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 available from Caspers Cafe on platform 1 of Warminster Station and at the village halls in Tilshead (all day) and Chitterne (until 2pm).
- The newly refurbished Market Lavington Museum was open again in the Old School House next to the village church and served cream teas until 5pm;
- A small transport sales stall was also available inside Tilshead village hall.
The routes that the buses will 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 is no facility to pre-book or to pay in advance – passengers just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus in cash (payment in £5 or £10 notes or £1 and £2 coins is always appreciated and there are cash machines available in Warminster town centre for those that needed them). To speed things up we also have staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station during the morning, some of whom are able to accept payment by contactless credit/debit 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. Unfortunately our 2022 event co-incided with a rail strike, but a number of coach companies and bus owners offered to run trips to Warminster to help those who still wished to travel to our event.
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 travel on a future Imberbus, please contact us ASAP 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 that was released in 2018 below;
and a sequel released in 2019!
If you can see anything below this line, it is an advertisement and is not related to our event, so please ignore it.