Playground Canopies

Ensuring Safer and More Enjoyable Outdoor Play

Playground Canopies

It's not much fun for children (or teachers!) being stuck inside during break times, and most would rather play outside where they can play and run around. With a covered play area, the outdoor play doesn't have to stop when it starts raining.

An ArcCan shade offers protection from the notoriously unpredictable British weather. Whether the sun is scorching or the rain is lashing it down, a good quality canopy will serve to protect students all year round.

Bringing young children out into the fresh air to learn and play is essential for their development, and our playground canopies allow healthy outdoor activities to be carried out in a safe environment where their exposure to harmful UV radiation is dramatically reduced.

It's important to provide sun protection for all school children but it's even more key in nurseries, primary and SEN schools where children may stay stationary for longer.

We have more than 50 years of collective experience when it comes to designing elegant yet practical playground canopies. All ArcCan canopies are guaranteed for 10 years of hassle-free shading

Benefits of Playground Canopies

  • Crucial UV protection for playing students
  • Rain, wind and snow protection
  • Adds considerable value to the property
  • Increase the use of an area
  • Can double up as an outdoor classroom


Playground Canopy Projects

Playground Canopy - Redgate Primary Academy

Redgate Primary Academy, Mansfield

Redgate was struggling to make use of their playground all year round – we all know how the British weather can change suddenly from being sunny one minute to a heavy downpour the next.

For this project, we modified our Fontwell tensile fabric conic gazebo by making the structure taller than normal. This meant that the cone sat comfortably above the surrounding buildings, allowing for rainwater to be directed onto the roofs and gutters of the buildings.

WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes

The WWT London Wetland Centre is a longstanding customer of ours and our canopies are an ever-present sight to the 1 million visitors that go to the wetlands reserve every year.

ArcCan have installed five shade structures at the wetland centre to date, including 3 x Concords, 1 x Chelsea and the Cranleigh architectural umbrella as pictured.

Playground Canopies - WWT London Wetland Centre

Client Testimonials

What they say...


Mr Hill


We are absolutely delighted with our Leaf structure. It really is very well designed and superbly engineered and fits in perfectly with the style of our house. We have no hesitation recommending ShadeLab products

Alison Forrest

Rockwell Collins

A very professional and helpful company. I have always had quick responses to emails and find everyone I have spoken to be friendly and supportive. They provide a very good service.

James Soloman

EDF Energy

Thank you for the presentation and work you put into this, met the brief, more importantly exceeded my expectation, which was super. A great team full of professionalism, clarity and delivery. Fully hit the brief given, expert advice, super presentation to planning and knowledge. Would seriously recommend over others if you're looking for quality.

Mr and Mrs Florence


We are enjoying your awning, looking forward to better weather to get back into the garden. Your awning is easy to open and close. We will be contacting you later to look for a side screen to go onto the side post. We give you top marks.

Mrs Meates


I was impressed with the team at ArcCan from start to finish. They matched the correct product for my needs and I would fully recommend them! -

Mr Goodworth


The design was exactly as we wished. I was impressed with the turnaround time from design to completion as we were on a tight timescale.

Harris Academy Peckham


They delivered to an extremely tight programme whilst ensuring that all statutory regulations were adhered to; including planning advice.

Crystal Peakes Shopping Centre


The installation was neat and straightforward and the canopies look really good. We have received several positive comments from customers and tenants alike and would not hesitate to use Arc-Can for any similar needs in future.

Forestry Commission

Brandon, Suffolk

The umbrellas look great and we are really pleased with them!

Rockinghorse Childrens Charity


It looks fantastic and is a worthy addition to the facilities we have for children here at the Alex - Many thanks for all your collective hard work in making it happen! -

East Sussex County Council

ArcCan responded well to our brief and their designs exceeded our expectations.