Once Upon a Bus

Experience the the magic of storytelling for Schools, PTAs and Communities on the fabulous, magical world on-wheels-of-storytelling


‘Once Upon a Bus’

Multi-award winning ‘Once Upon a Bus ‘create fabulous and magical storytelling experiences on a beautiful customised double-decker bus. Our unique approach combines the traditional social function of storytelling with progressive learning techniques, to deliver inspiring, interactive and truly immersive experiences that delight and enlighten.

The Bus itself has been designed and rebuilt to the highest specifications, teeming with ingenious features that create enchanting and engaging spaces in which to unleash the imagination and simply "learn to love learning." We are committed to developing exciting original materials; to provide new insights and introductions to classics, fresh perspectives on literacy, creativity and science, never forgetting the sheer pleasure and timeless benefit of a really good story well told.

Once Upon a Bus is especially well positioned to service schools; and has been specifically designed accommodate an average classroom size of children and carers on the upper deck and sits 20 people comfortably downstairs. Adults accompanying children have use of a seating area at the back of the upper deck (the book corner) which can seat 8 comfortably.

The length of each session is tailored for each school dependent on the number of children in the whole School and in each class. We have been able to cater for a school of 420 pupils with 20 minute workshops over a school day!

Children are encouraged to interact throughout and are encouraged to read parts of the story where possible. We have a number of ‘Off the Shelf modules’ that follow the national curriculum as well as fulfil enrichment activities for the whole school. The team at Once Upon a Bus are not only great storytellers but great scriptwriters too!. We provide tailor-made experiences to support project themes, specific genres/authors and the National Curriculum. With consultation with schools we can support classroom themes, national curriculum and current learning topics. We have a number of ‘Off the Shelf modules’ but can also provide ‘bespoke’ stories written just for you!.

Here’s a few examples of themed modules...

'Alice Down the Rabbit Hole'

This fun, interactive session is inspired by the book ‘Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Children will be whisked away to wonderland with 40 minute interactive battle of wits between ‘Alice’ and ‘The Queen of Hearts’ written by Once Upon a Bus. Children are split into two teams and allocated to read characters during the story 

'The Wonka Bus

This wonderful story telling session is inspired by the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl.An introduction to the story takes place in assembly where children willfind golden ticket invites to the Wonka Bus.Children are then treated to a half an hour interactive story whereby children are allocated to read characters from the story or become an Oompa Loompa!


This wonderful story telling session is inspired by the book ‘Peter Pan’ byJames Barrie. Children are then treated to a 40 minute interactive story whereby children are allocated to read characters from the story and take part inthe battle between the courageous Lost Boys led by our hero ‘Peter Pan’and the cut throat Pirates led by the dastardly ‘Captain Hook’.

Seasonal Storytelling experiences

Let Once Upon a Bus spoil you at Christmas with lots of stories to choose from! Experience an interactive 40 minute storytelling experience with the PolarBus based on the story ‘Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg or an interactive 40 minute Bah Hambug of a storytellingexperience based on the story ‘Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. How about a40 minute storytelling experience based on the story ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen. Children experience interactive storytelling on the top deck of the busand join in with songs ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ and the classicpoem ‘T’was the night before Christmas’, whereby St Nicholas issummoned up the stairs and the children then visit him in his grotto on the lower deck of the Bus!

And there are many more fact or fiction modules to choose from!

As Approved Parentkind suppliers, we can be hired for fetes and fairs to help you fundraise for your School. We provide the service to the PTA who pay a fee based on number of hours required and the parents and children pay to come onto the sessions. It’s that simple!..

In addition we offer ‘Hosting’ services for a range of Fairs and Festivals and we can even event manage the whole thing for you!

Enjoy our banter as we create an unforgettable hosted event!

Remember.. ‘Life is a story, told one day at a time’ Please see onceuponabus.com to view storytelling videos.


Jane Pickering - St George's School, Windsor

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for providing us with such a fantastic day last Friday. I have had nothing but positive feedback from both pupils and staff. It was a truly magical experience! I look forward to seeing you back at St George's at some time in the not too distant future. (March 2016).

Matthew Edwards - Eagle House School

The Once Upon A Bus came to be part of the prestigious Children's Literature Festival at Eagle House School on 18 and 19 September 2015.  The magic and creativity of Arti and Matthew could not be faulted as they narrated and shared stories with children over the two days.  Boys and girls entering the bus are taken to a new world and the brilliance is that the bus evolves into whatever theme has been planned.

From the moment they assemble outside to watch the magical Bubble Man, the children are entranced.  Arti's characters are played out brilliantly and she leads them on a journey through the bus, reading and sharing and fully immersing children into the world of storytelling.  

We could not have been more delighted with the response from the children after their adventures on the Once Upon A Bus.  They have not stopped talking about their experience and there is no doubt that the bus helped make our Festival a huge success.  

If your children love stories they will adore the bus and I would urge you to let it park up at your school and create its magic.

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