Last Updated 27 Nov 2017


Public access is granted for up to 50 days in each year, however, as a rule the number of days granted falls well short of the maximum. Public notices are posted on the Ministry of Defence website and in the local press. Access is usually granted during the Easter and Christmas/New Year periods; also, during August. The military training programme will dictate dates of public access in any one year. 

St Giles Church is CLOSED

There is no access to St Giles Church or Imber village.  Please do not try to reach the village.

 Please note that access to SPTA and Imber can be withdrawn by the MoD at short notice for operational reasons.  This is outside our control.


St Giles Church will be open to visitors each day from Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January 2018 inclusive.  Opening times are 1100hrs (11am) to 1600hrs (4pm) each day. 

Please note that Salisbury Plain can become very icy or snowed in when other areas nearby are still OK.  We will post here, on our facebook page and send out a newsletter to subscribers when we are aware that access to Imber is denied on safety grounds.


If you have purchased tickets, please read all this Important Information

The Imber Festival of Carols will be held at 2.30 pm on Saturday 23rd December, 2017.  Seasonal music will be provided by the Bratton Silver Band and members of the Westbury & District Choral Society. Members of the audience will be invited to join in a number of the carols

As the Festival has become increasingly popular it is necessary to limit the number attending to 250. Entry to the Festival will be by ticket only. Although a ticket will guarantee entry it will not necessarily guarantee a seat though we shall endeavour to seat the majority of those attending on a first come first served basis.  A free glass of mulled wine or soft drink and a mince pie will be offered.

The duration of the Festival will be approximately one hour. There is no heating in the church. You are advised to dress accordingly.  Please note that the church will not be open until 1. 30 pm

Should you have any queries please contact either:

Peter Lankester ( or

Neil Skelton (

 N.B. Entry to Imber will be via Warminster (VP2) or Gore Cross (VP3) only. These barriers will be manned and only those with tickets allowed through as the roads generally will not be open to the public. This information will be sent out with tickets.

An ex-London Transport Routemaster bus (No 23A) will leave Warminster Rail Station at 1.30 pm and is expected to arrive at Imber approximately 1.55 pm. The return journey will be approximately 15 minutes after the ending of the Carol Festival. Although there is no charge for this service, donations towards it will be welcome.

Please note that access to SPTA and Imber can be withdrawn by the MoD at short notice for operational reasons.  This is outside our control.

Withdrawal of Access

The Ministry of Defence may withdraw access to Imber for operational reasons at short notice.  Please check here near to the time you wish to visit as we will post any changes as soon as possible after we are made aware of them.  We cannot be held responsible for nugatory travel or accommodation expenses in the event that the MoD refuses access to Imber.


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