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 Will be Open at Easter 2015
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the days on which access to Imber will be available. There will be access to Imber over Easter 2015 from Friday 3rd April until Monday 6th April only.
St Giles Church will be open to visitors as follows:
The MoD have confirmed that there will be access to Imber from Friday 3rd April until Monday 6th April. These dates are subject to the usual British Army conditions that the range may be closed at short notice for operational reasons.
Church Open Days
We are pleased to say that St Giles Church will be open to visitors as follows over the Easter period.
Good Friday (3rd April) 1200 – 1700 hrs (12 noon to 5pm)
Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th 1100 – 1600 hrs (11am to 4pm).
Easter Egg Hunt. On Easter Sunday 5th April there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children only ! The hunt will begin at 12 noon. Entry will be free of charge. This is very popular and is great fun for the kids.
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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.
August 2015 Open Days
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that there will be access to Imber from Saturday 8th August until Sunday 23rd August. These dates are subject to the usual proviso that access could be denied at short notice for operational reasons.
Dates when St Giles Church will be open to visitors have still to be decided, but we can confirm that the London Routemaster Bus service from Warminster to Imber has been scheduled for Saturday 22nd August.
Further details about open days in August will be posted here as soon as they are available.
November Service of Remembrance
The annual St Giles service of remembrance will be held on Saturday 7th November. As in previous years, anybody wanting to attend the service must arrive at Warminster Vedette Post No 2 (VP2) by 1015hrs at the very latest. All vehicles will be escorted in a convoy to St Giles Church . The service will start at 1050hrs to allow for the act of remembrance at 1100hrs. All vehicles will be escorted back to Warminster directly after the service.
Please note. If you arrive at VP2 after 1015hrs, you will not be allowed access to Imber. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at VP2 by 1015hrs at the very latest.
You should note that the published access dates and times can be revised or withdrawn by the MoD at short notice for operational reasons.
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Please note that the Ministry of Defence always reserves the right to close off access to Salisbury Plain and Imber for operational reasons and without notice.
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