Imberbus is taking a break this year

Although we are obviously hoping that Coronavirus restrictions will have been relaxed by the summer, it is obvious that the Covid-19 pandemic is going to have a serious effect on all our lives for many, many weeks.

It is clearly impossible to predict what the exact position will be in August and during the next few months, most of those who help us put the event on will have more important things to do, both personally and at work.  In addition, many of the organisations that support us with money, people’s time, vehicles, fuel and supplies are going to find it difficult to survive, let alone be as helpful and generous as they normally are.

It is therefore with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Imberbus event now, so we can give plenty of notice to everyone concerned.

Rest assured, however, that we only view this as a temporary break and we will certainly be pursuing the concept of a car-free day at Imber next year. Once we have been able to agree suitable arrangements with the MoD we will, of course, contact you again to let you know the new date and publish details on our website – http://www.imberbus.org .

Regards

The Imberbus Crew

Buses to Imber this Sunday

If you want to visit the lost village of Imber but were unable to travel with us on Saturday, we will also be running a few buses to between Warminster and Imber this Sunday (18th August 2019).

These will depart from Warminster Station at 10am, 11am, 12 noon and 1pm, returning from Imber at 10.25am, 11.25am, 12.25pm, 1.25pm, 2.25pm and 4.30pm (there will not be a bus from Imber at 3.30pm).

Photo taken by Katie Pickersgill

Photo taken by Katie Pickersgill

Imber will be a lot quieter on Sunday and the 16th Century St.Giles Church will be open from 11am until 3.30pm if you want a leisurely walk round. Single fares from Warminster to Imber will be £3 each way for adults and £1 for children – please pay the conductor on the bus in cash (there is no need to book but we regret that we cannot accept bus passes or credit cards).

Buses from Delaware Road

If you are returning from the Delaware Road Festival, we will also be running buses from New Zealand Farm Camp back to Warminster at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Afternoon Mystery Tour to unexplored parts of Salisbury Plain

On Sunday afternoon we hope to run a circular mystery tour using vintage Routemaster buses, from Warminster Station to a part of Salisbury Plain that has rarely, if ever, been seen by the general public and certainly not by double decker bus!  This will depart at 3pm and is expected to arrive back into Warminster at approximately 5pm.  You can also join the tour at Imber at 2.25pm and we will drop you off again there 2 hours later.

Tickets for this journey will cost £10 for adults and £1 for accompanied children – please pay the conductor on the bus in cash (there is no need to book but we regret that we cannot accept bus passes or credit cards). This ticket can also be purchased and used to travel on the buses from Warminster to Imber in the morning).

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Imberbus is running this Saturday !

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.

Danger2As 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.

IMG_1116-002 (1393 x 1349)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.

Travelling beyond Imber with Imberbus

This email is to remind you that the Imberbus service to the lost village of Imber will be running on Saturday 17th August with more than 25 old and new Routemaster buses providing a frequent service from Warminster Station to Imber and other points on Salisbury Plain from 9.45am onwards.

Although for many people the opportunity to visit Imber and its Church is the main reason for attending our event, there are several other places to see and explore by Imberbus across Salisbury Plain on the Saturday and so we have added an extra page to our website called “Beyond Imber” to describe them – click HERE to take a look at it.

An unusual feature of this year’s Imberbus will be the opportunity to see inside New Zealand Farm Camp which this year is also the venue for the overnight Delaware Road Festival. This is likely to be the only opportunity when Imberbus passengers are able to explore this unusual site but as access is restricted, if you wish to do this you will need to book a ticket in advance – please see the Beyond Imber page for more details on how to do this.

Imberbus will also be the official public transport provider for The Delaware Road, so if you are attending the festival, please visit the Delaware Road page on our website to find out the transport arrangements for festival goers.

Fancy travelling to Warminster by Routemaster?

This year our friends from the London Bus Museum are organising a trip to our Saturday event from the Weybridge area of Surrey, using former Green Line Routemaster Coach RMC1461. They still have a few spaces available so if you would like to travel to Warminster in style, please email akpalmer@talktalk.net as soon as possible.

We may also be able to provide early morning transport to Warminster on one of our Imberbuses from Bath City Centre. However the final arrangements for this have still to be confirmed so if you would like to travel on this feeder bus, please email us at imberbus23a@gmail.com a few days beforehand.


Further details about this year’s Imberbus event can be found on our website at www.imberbus.wordpress.com, including maps, timetables, fares and details of how to get to Warminster Station. If this is your first visit to Imber, we strongly recommend that you take a look at our 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!).

IMPORTANT – If you are planning on bringing a group of people to Warminster in a bus or coach, please contact us immediately as there are very few coach parking facilities available in Warminster.

We look forward to seeing you on 17th August.