Playground Canopies

Playground canopies designed with children in mind

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Deputy Principal of Blackpool Aspire Academy

I am very pleased with the canopy, it has exceeded my expectations. The project has been fantastic.

Deputy Principal,
Blackpool Aspire Academy
Headteacher of Our Lady's RC High School

Communication with A&S was brilliant. I had no hesitation in calling and within half an hour the project was booked.

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Our Lady’s RC High School
Premises manager of Haileybury College

A&S Landscape was clearly the company to go with. They were accommodating and worked very well with us.

Premises Manager,
Haileybury College

Playground Canopies You Can Rely On

  • Bespoke solution: Our design team will craft customised canopies to fit your school colours and specific design criteria.
  • Adaptable installation process: Your needs are our top priority. Our installation team works around the school day and works tirelessly to complete projects on time.
  • Effective protection: We use the highest grade of materials, enabling children to play under a covered space.
  • Aesthetic design: We help you to create a calming environment and enhance your outdoor area – making break times fun and inspiring.
  • Durable construction: Outdoor school shelters are made to last. Our canopies will withstand rough play and harsh weather conditions.

A&S Landscape has more than 40 years of experience in designing and constructing canopy solutions for the education sector, including playground spaces. When it comes to our projects, we concentrate on quality and durability, using materials and construction methods that follow very strict standards to ensure the longevity of your canopies.

92% of pupils claim to prefer learning outdoors, with 90% reporting feeling happier and healthier.

This is why we design canopies for schools and nurseries with children in mind, keeping their safety and happiness at the heart of everything we do.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our expert team to learn more about how we can support you in creating beautiful, functional spaces for your playground. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.

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Types of Playground Canopies for Schools and Nurseries

We have a comprehensive range of tensile fabric canopies, shade sails, straight-roof canopies and bespoke options to choose from. By discussing your goals and vision with our team, we can talk through your options in helping you pick the perfect solution for your school building.

Windsford Primary School Shade Sails

Shade Sails

Shade sails are one of the most popular types of playground canopies. These come in various shapes, sizes and designs, whilst offering sufficient shade from harsh sun rays. Shade sails provide excellent UV protection and are exceptionally durable, making them perfect for use in playgrounds to add aesthetic appeal and function.

umbrella canopy

Umbrella Canopies

This umbrella-style shelter adds the perfect amount of shade and protection. They are versatile, safe and effective no matter the weather. Umbrella canopies come in a variety of sizes and can be used to cover one or several pieces of playground equipment. They are ideal canopies for nurseries because of their fun and compact design.

Retractable Roof Canopy at Kingsmead School

Retractable Canopies

Retractable pergola canopies are a versatile option for all types of buildings. As you’d imagine, they can be extended when it best suits, ensuring complete protection in any weather. Retractable canopies are typically made from steel fabric structures and can be customised to fit various sizes and shapes of school playground equipment. Retractable canopies provide excellent UV protection and are highly durable, making them a popular choice for playgrounds.

Timber frame shelter

Wooden Playground Canopies

In addition to our wide range of steel and polycarbonate canopies, we also offer timber frame alternatives. Timber canopies are often popular amongst primary schools due to their cost-effectiveness and aesthetic appeal. They make ideal playground covers and outdoor classrooms, as they can provide excellent weather protection. Typically, wooden playground canopies will still feature a polycarbonate roofing system, so that the structure still provides essential UV protection as well as cover from the rain.

How can a playground shelter improve your outdoor learning environment?

Playgrounds are some of the most influential and important spaces that children and young people spend time in, and the way they look, feel and operate can have a significant impact on the way they interact with them. Canopies in school and communal playgrounds also allow kids to get outside, even with the unpredictable weather, as well as provide options for outdoor learning in the spring and summer months.


Enhancing Safety and Comfort:

  • Canopies provide a safe and sheltered space for children to play, even during the winter months.
  • They offer protection from rain, snow, and excessive heat, resulting in a comfortable and enjoyable outdoor experience.
  • With reduced risks of slips and falls, children can confidently explore and engage in activities within the sheltered area.
Teacher and pupil completing mural

Utilising Teaching Space:

  • A playground canopy extends the usable teaching space beyond the indoor classrooms.
  • Teachers can hold lessons, group activities, and discussions in an open-air environment, fostering a dynamic and engaging learning experience.
  • Outdoor learning promotes creativity and exploration, two important skills for children to adopt.
primary school playground shelter

Year-Round Outdoor Use:

  • By installing a playground canopy, your outdoor space becomes accessible throughout the year, including the winter months.
  • Children can continue to benefit from fresh air and outdoor play, even when temperatures drop or during light rain.
  • The covered area can be utilised for various activities, such as physical education, science experiments, and art lessons.

Protection from Harmful UV Rays:

  • Canopies for schools provide essential UV protection, shielding children from harmful sun rays during the spring and summer months.
  • This ensures the well-being of students while they engage in outdoor activities, reducing the risk of sunburn and long-term sun damage.
students eating outside under canopy

Creating Outdoor Dining Areas:

  • Canopies can also serve as outdoor dining areas, providing shaded spaces for students to enjoy their meals.
  • By offering a designated alfresco dining space, schools encourage healthier eating habits and promote social interaction in a refreshing outdoor setting.
  • Pupils can experience the benefits of dining in the open air, fostering a positive and enjoyable lunchtime experience.

Tailoring Outdoor Shelters to Meet Your Needs: Design and Customisation Options

The design process is an essential part of our journey with you, as we pay the utmost attention to our brief, your wants & needs and most importantly – what benefits your staff and pupils most. Here are just a few ways we can customise your canopy:

Colour and Pattern Choices

Playground canopies come in a wide range of colours and patterns, giving our clients the freedom to choose a design that suits their preferences and requirements. Playgrounds with brightly coloured canopies can be more appealing to children, promoting a fun and exciting environment.

Incorporating School Logos and Themes

Customising playground canopies with school logos and themes is a great way to promote school spirit and pride. School logos can be printed on the canopy surface, which is something we can discuss upon consultation.

Why do our clients choose A&S Landscape?

We have been specialists in the design, creation and installation of school canopies for over 44 years. In this time, we have installed thousands of custom shade structures, some with colourful canopy roof panels, some as modular designs that extend, and a wide variety of others. All projects are undertaken with the wellbeing of the children as the primary focus, and each is unique to the play area, outdoor area or courtyard that is available.

Being a family-led company, we have never lost touch with our core values. We are made up of a friendly team who are trusted by local authorities, educational bodies, NHS Trusts, schools, colleges and universities across the UK to deliver long-lasting canopies fit for purpose. It’s an integral part of our business to provide all of our customers with an efficient, reliable and personal service.

Whatever your requirements, we can help you choose the right shade solution for you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01743 444100 or at [email protected].

How Much Are Our Playground Shelters?

As with all our products, the best way to get a playground canopy cost is to talk to us or you can visit our prices page for details of how to contact us for pricing. As a basic rule, a straight roof canopy will cost less than a curved roof play area canopy and a one-way sloping roof (as opposed to pitched or barrel vault design) will save on guttering (if required).

Options for Playground Canopies

  • Freestanding playground canopies
  • Straight roof playground canopies
  • Curved roof playground canopies
  • Side panels
  • Post pads
  • Coloured polycarbonate roof canopies

Need inspiration? Take a look at our playground canopy projects

Bleasdale School In Lancashire Install Playground Canopies

Bleasdale School Fabric Play Area CanopiesWith ample beautiful surroundings around Bleasdale School, pupils and teachers were used to enjoying the lovely outdoors regularly. However, on those harsh winter days or those very hot sunny days, this proved to be challenging. The school got in touch with A&S Landscape as they needed some outdoor protection so their children could enjoy playing outdoors without any worry. We were delighted to be contacted as we had the perfect solution for them – our Maxima StarSail™. This beautiful canopy is extremely trendy in its design, yet perfectly functional and useful for the needs and expectations of Bleasdale school – so much so that they requested not one but three canopies to be installed.  Now the children can enjoy being fully protected from the unpredictable weather in an eye-catching Lemon and Victoria Blue fabric cover that truly has that wow factor. Click here for more details on this playground canopy installation for Bleasdale School.

Outdoor Playground Canopy at Allen Edwards Primary School in Stockwell

Playground Canopies at Allen Edwards Primary SchoolOutdoor teaching and learning were important to Allen Edwards Primary School, and having a brand-new site on their school grounds presented the perfect opportunity to add two canopies, which provided an exciting new learning environment. The school reached out to A&S Landscape requesting to install two Motiva Linear™ straight roof canopies. These were both finished in a subtle Slate Grey, keeping the look both warm yet professional. The school love the two new additions to their playground as now they can be protected from the weather all year round, plus they have a lovely community shared space to enjoy the fresh air, which no doubt has a positive impact on the wellbeing of the children. It was a pleasure working on this project with Allen Edwards Primary School. For more information on this outdoor playground canopy installation, please click here.

Outdoor Classroom Created for Monksmoor Park Primary School in Northamptonshire

Canopy with sides we designed for Monksmoor Park Primary SchoolThere is a big emphasis on spending quality time outside at Monksmoor Park Primary School which is why the team wanted to add a canopy to the playground. A&S Landscape was asked to design a semi-enclosed canopy which could be used during playtimes as well as an external classroom. We created a Motiva Linear™ design complete with side panels and a multicoloured polycarbonate roof. The panels provide extra protection from the elements and protect the equipment stored in the covered space. Plus, the colourful roof gives the area a pop of colour and encourages the pupils to play underneath the cover. It’s safe to say that the initial brief has been successfully fulfilled and everyone is pleased with the final result. Want to know more about the enclosed cover we made for Monksmoor Park Primary School? Click here.

Shropshire’s Woodside Primary School Install a Playground Canopy

Canopy we designed for Woodside SchoolWhen repeat customers, Woodside Primary School in Oswestry, asked us to help with creating a playground canopy for their Key Stage 1 outdoor play area, we were really pleased. It’s always a pleasure to work with our existing customers! And this is such a lovely part of the world to visit too, being close to the Welsh borders. Given that Woodside Primary School already had an idea of what they wanted, it was a case of scoping out the best playground cover canopy for the area in question. The finished design used the Motiva Mono canopy which has a curved roof profile. The design was really brought to life by the vibrant Traffic Red steelwork that the school chose. The project didn’t end there, either. To really finish the area off as a fabulous outdoor play canopy, we also installed a multicoloured fence and rubber play surface. To find out more about Woodside Primary School’s new playground shade canopy area, click here.

New Playground Canopy at Christ Church C of E Primary School in West Midlands

Shelter we installed at Christ CofE Primary SchoolChrist Church C of E Primary School, West Midlands, asked A&S Landscape for help in designing a playground canopy scheme for shade. The playground canopy was to run parallel with two of the school’s classrooms. Getting the right design was important because while the school wanted shelter, blocking light from entering the building would have detracted from the scheme. After considering the size of the site and what the school needed from their playground shade canopy, A&S Landscape devised a scheme for a Motiva Linear canopy. The solid steel design of the Motiva Linear makes the whole structure robust and durable. This canopy was finished off in Ultramarine Blue with an Opal polycarbonate roof. If you have a larger space and are interested in the flexibility of the Motiva Linear, then you can get playground shade canopy prices by clicking here. To see the finished playground shade canopy project at Christ Church C of E Primary School, click here.


If you are looking for simple and relatively cheap designs, you may find that timber designs will work best. Plus, if the cover is to be used in a natural environment, like a forest school, then you may also prefer how the wooden canopy looks.

But if you want to invest in an outdoor playground option that will last for many years, then one of our steel-frame outdoor shelters may be a better choice. These robust canopies can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as supporting outdoor learning, storing playground equipment, or with the addition of some seating, even an outdoor dining space. With a huge range of canopies available on the market, it’s important you consider a range of factors before choosing the right playground canopy.


Jo Clark (On the Hill Director and Facilitator):

One of the reasons I feel really passionate about this work is that, I was brought up on a farm not many miles away. And incidentally a farm where my parents struggled to make a living off 60 acres of land. And nowadays could certainly not make a living off 40 acres of land that we have here. I’m absolutely determined to use this land for social, educational and therapeutic purposes.

But what has inspired me over the years working with land-based education, and I was a teacher doing that work for 10 years, I’ve been involved in an organisation developing land-based initiatives for children, young people and adults for 10 years.

What I really, really want to question is just how we are growing our next generation. Are we growing our next generation into conformist, compliance people who will serve the present economic system? Or are we empowering our next generation to feel that they can be part of the change, the change that clearly is needed in our society?

What we have found and what we really are developing is ways that we can build resilience, build self-confidence, build a sense in the young people that they can be part of building their future. And encouraging them to make sense of their world. And involving them in the gardens and the natural world, management of the woodlands and hedgerows, and engagement with the food that they eat. They are making more sense because actually nature does make sense.

What happens in our natural world is much less abstract than what happens in our human created world. We’re helping them to make sense, but we’re also involving them.

In our programs, whether we’re doing our outreach in schools, helping schools develop their school gardens, or building pizza ovens, or any other outdoor learning facilities. Whether we’re doing that in schools or whether we’re building a new barn, or a new set of compost toilets, or a new pizza oven, or working in the garden here or managing the woodland and hedgerows, looking after the animals.

We’re actually giving children a sense that they can be part of the building of that future. We’re actually strengthening what I called, something that I feel that we’re all born with is, imagine it as the in-service muscle.

Imagine a muscle that we’re all born with because we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to be part of community. We want to be making a contribution to community, but our culture is not really helping this muscle develop. And consequently, the muscle becomes rather atrophied and it’s not strengthened.

And what I’m talking about is offering children and young people the opportunity to build and strengthen this in-service muscle. So as they grow through childhood, and through their teens and into adulthood, that they actually feel that they can rather than having to jump through hundreds of hoops that they’ve had to jump through in order to make a contribution, they’ve been empowered by being allowed to make a contribution. So by the time they get to adulthood, they feel that they’re actually can build their future.

Here we are with students from Exeter University studying their PGCE. And the question that we’ve put to them, and I think the question that they’re asking is, how can they be of best service to the growing and the educating of the next generation?

How can they bring themselves more fully?

How can they explore every single aspect of learning and whatever constraint to put upon them, whatever limitation that they have to work within?

How can they bring themselves fully so that they can actually offer an education that is not only focused on information intellectually-based learning, that is more focused around growing the whole human being?


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