Last Updated 16 Nov 2015


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. 

Christmas 2015 Carol Festival

The Imber Festival of Carols will be held at 2.30 pm on Saturday 19th December, 2015.  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

 If you haven't applied yet for tickets you will no longer get any.  They have sold out.

 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. pm.

 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 (

A Routemaster Bus Service for the Carol Festival

An ex-London Transport Routemaster bus (No 23A) will leave Warminster Rail Station at 1330 hours and is expected to arrive at Imber approximately 1355 hours. 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.

Christmas 2015 and New Year Open Days

t Giles Church will be open to visitors on the following dates over the Christmas and New Year period.

December: Sat 12th, Sun 13th, Sun 20th then Sun 27th through to Sun 3rd January inclusive.

The Church will be open on each of the advertised days from 11am (1100hrs) until 4pm (1600hrs).

You should note that the published access dates and times can be revised or withdrawn by the MoD at short notice for operational reasons.

Please note that the weather on Salisbury Plain in winter can become inclement at short notice.  The Ministry of Defence can close off access roads for safety reasons and also, access into the church can be deemed unsafe even if roads are open.  We do our best to advise as soon as possible if roads are closed or church access is not possible.  This is notified by newsletter where possible in the first instance.  It will then be posted here and on our facebook page.  We suggest that you join our mailing list now.

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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