Imberbus 2022

Imberbus 2022 will be held on Saturday 20th August  when up to 25 old and new Routemaster buses (plus a few guest vehicles) will operate from Warminster to Imber and other points on Salisbury Plain.

This year, access to Imber will again only possible using the Imberbuses themselves.  Cars, motorbikes, cycles, scooters or pedestrians will not be permitted access to the military roads on this date, so if you would prefer to drive your own vehicle to Imber you will need to delay your 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 have planned for Imberbus 2022:

A summary of the timetable that we plan to operate can be downloaded by clicking here.  A more detailed version of the timetable can also be found here. and a full colour Event Guide will be available on the day. Important features of this year’s Imberbus include:

  • At least 25 buses in operation, some of which will be wheelchair accessible.
  • Departures approximately every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.45am onwards;
  • Buses serving Tilshead, New Zealand Farm Camp, West Lavington, Market Lavington and Brazen Bottom twice an hour throughout the day;
  • Buses twice an hour to Chitterne 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 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 will be open again in the Old School House next to the village church and will be serving cream teas until 5pm;
  • A small transport sales stall will also be available inside Tilshead village hall.

The routes that the buses will take can be seen on the map below (please click on it to see a larger version in PDF format).  As usual, buses will connect 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 offer an all day ticket at a cost of £10 per adult. However, ordinary bus fares are also available and so any adults who just wish to travel from Warminster to visit the 16th century St Giles’ Church at Imber will be able to purchase a £5 ticket covering the journey there and back. In addition, up to 3 children will be 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 pay in advance –  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 will also have staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station during the morning, some of whom will be 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.

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 travel on 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 below;

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