Last Updated 20 Nov 2018


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. 

Events and Open Days autumn/winter 2018
St Giles Church is now CLOSED to all visitors.  There is no public access to Imber village.

Christmas and New Year 2019 Open Days
We are told that the roads to Imber will be open from 1800hrs on 27th December 2018 to 0800hrs on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
Therefore, St Giles Church will be open to visitors each day from Friday 28th December until Tuesday 1st January between 1100 hours (11am) and 1600 hours (4pm) daily.
Please note that access to Imber is under the control of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).  The roads may be closed at short notice for operational reasons.  We have no control over this.  We will do our best to notify here, on the web site and by facebook if access is denied.
Please also note that Salisbury Plain can suffer from harsh wintry conditions.  Either the warden of St Giles Church or the MoD may deem it necessary to deny access at short notice if travelling on the range raods could be dangerous because of ice or snow.  We will do our best to notify as above if closures are necessary.

Festival of Carols 2018 

The Imber Festival of Carols will be held at 2.30 pm on Saturday 22nd December, 2018.  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. TICKETS COSTING 5 EACH WILL BE LIMITED TO 6 PER EACH APPLICATION.  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

PLEASE NOTE:  Cheques will not be cashed until after the event. Should the Festival be unavoidably cancelled because of bad weather all cheques will be destroyed and no money taken. In the event of over-subscription you will be advised accordingly. Please allow at least seven days for the delivery of your tickets before making enquiries.

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 at 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 not that Access to Imber village is out of 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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