4 reasons why playground canopies should be on your Christmas wish list

As we approach the year’s end and the worst of winter, it’s clear that we’re in for some rough weather…

Lucy Kent
Lucy Kent
Published: December 15, 2021

As we approach the year’s end and the worst of winter, it’s clear that we’re in for some rough weather ahead! With this in mind, it’s important for schools to provide outdoor shelters for students. During unpleasant spells of British weather, kids always appreciate a chance to enjoy some fresh air without getting wet. That’s where our playground canopies come in! 

In this blog, we discuss the benefits of leasing playground canopies for schools as well as our flexible payment options. 

1. Shelter in the rain, and shade in the sun

After the lock-downs of the past two years and the ongoing risks of being inside, getting out into the fresh air really matters. Despite this, a recent survey from Persil revealed that a staggering 75% of young children spend less than one hour outside each day

By providing playground canopies, students can really make the most of their breaks – whatever the weather. Outdoor shelters mean teachers don’t need to bring students back inside when it rains, so that all-important outdoor break isn’t cut short!

With heatwaves becoming more regular, they’re just as useful in summer as they are in winter and can help prevent sunburn or heatstroke. This has to be a better option than having kids confined to sweltering classrooms when the sun’s at its strongest.

2. More outdoor learning opportunities

Clearly, it’s vital to get students outside more, but there’s only so much time in the school day for breaks. Luckily, with playground canopies, schools can take the learning outside.

The possibilities of outdoor learning are endless and students can really benefit from a change of scenery. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Bring group reading sessions outdoors so students can read peacefully and comfortably in a different environment
  • Focus on groups of students away from the main class to provide extra support
  • Take messy art or D&T lessons under a canopy to avoid an untidy classroom
  • Use a canopy as a hub for biology lessons, allowing students to explore nearby wildlife

What’s more, a playground canopy serves as a peaceful outdoor space for students to relax and regroup. This makes them ideal for taking a quick breather without disrupting the class. 

3. Designs and dimensions to suit your school

Playground canopies can be both practical and stylish! There are plenty of options available for customising their appearance and size and, with Utility Rentals, schools won’t need to compromise on their wishlist. 

We often hear about schools resigning themselves to less-than-ideal canopy solutions, but with our flexible leases we can meet your exact requirements. Regardless of the size, colour or design, we’ll provide attractive and practical options that can endure any weather. Utility Rentals delivers these projects in collaboration with leading manufacturer Canopies UK, who even offer a colour-matching service to complement your school’s branding!

4. Affordable and flexible payments

Although Santa might not be generous enough to leave your school a canopy under the Christmas tree, you can lease our playground canopies very affordably! With our compliant operating leases, you can conveniently spread the cost across a series of fixed payments.


We can even take care of the groundwork, installation, and maintenance of your playground canopies and shelters. To find out more about our end-to-end playground canopy solutions, contact our team of hard-working rental experts today


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