Outdoor Classrooms

Teaching outdoors is the perfect way to combine the natural environment with more practical learning. Being outside can provide the stimulating environment school children need to learn, create and explore. Built to your school's individual requirements, each structure provides a sheltered space and can be used in all weather, providing shade in the summer months and shelter from the elements in wet weather.

If you are looking to create a natural outdoor classroom then there is no substitute for a thatched Lapa. These structures provide a unique outdoor teaching area for schools that can also be used as a quiet area during lunch breaks and playtime, an outdoor reading area or even a stage. There is no limit to the size of the Lapa nor to the integrations that can be made, such as bespoke furniture, heating, outdoor kitchen equipment and toilet facilities.

As an alternative to a traditionally thatched building, our outdoor classroom range includes gazebo structures for schools that can comfortably seat up to 30 children (age dependent and seated on benches) plus a number of integrations such as bespoke furniture, heating, outdoor cushions and more. For schools we recommend our oval timber framed building for maximum flexibility.

For further examples of previous outdoor classrooms and other buildings, please visit our Case Studies page or take a look at our Outdoor Classrooms brochure.

Example Gazebo

Thatch Tile Gazebo installed from;
£5,495.00 excl. VAT
Cedar Shingle Gazebo installed from;
£6,450.00 excl. VAT

Height: 3.1m
Dia: 4.2m

Seated Capacity
Up to 15 on bench seating

Example Lapa

Lapa installed from;
£13,000.00 excl. VAT

Height: 4.5m
Diameter: 5m

Seated Capacity
Up to 20 on bench seating


Materials, Accessibility and Funding

  • Each outdoor classroom is either handcrafted in our Kent workshop or constructed on site using natural hardwood materials. We are able to offer a selection of roof finishings; traditional thatch, Thatch Tiles or Cedar Shingle Roof Tiles. We can also offer Endureed® synthetic thatch if required.  Each of our premium oval buildings includes curved balustrades to add space, redwood timber structure for strength and a full internal timber roof to complete. Find out more about our wood choices and structural finishes via Our Workshop.
  • All of our outdoor classroom structures require a solid base but this can be constructed from raised decking should an appropriate area not be available. In such an instance each structure can be made fully accessible using integrated ramps.
  • We are happy to provide quotations in order to support funding applications. For further information regarding this or any other query please don't hesitate to contact us on 01732 884030.


About Us

The Lapa Company are suppliers of premium outdoor living products.

We supply traditionally thatched Lapas and a range of Thatch Tile and Cedar Shingle Roof Tile gazebos. We also offer a wide variety of timber via our Total Poles brand, and supply premium outdoor kitchen brands Fire Magic and BeefEater.

Our Ethos

We feel it is our responsibility to ensure we produce and distribute a responsibly sourced product and this is a priority when sourcing suppliers. Not all of our products are FSC certified, therefore please specify on your order if FSC material is required.

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Seven Mile Lane,
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TN15 8QU

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