Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog

We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we blog and share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them. We'll share with you details of exciting new outdoor music projects and designs from around the globe. We'll share with you information about the instruments we sell and a little about the inspiration behind them. We'll also let you know about sales and events taking place.

Most importantly, this Blog is about what we love to do the most - help you create new and exciting ways to bring music to the great outdoors.

Thank you for reading, visiting, commenting and contributing - we’re excited to have you here!

Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show

Percussion Play are ready to meet some of the 4,000+ owners from across the holiday business industry who will be heading to Birmingham’s NEC on November 6th & 7th.

The Holiday Park & Resort Innovation show is an unmissable opportunity for holiday and leisure entrepreneurs to make the most of their resorts, holiday parks and attractions by delivering first-hand the very best in advice, products and services.

With world-class experts, 200 enlightening seminars, 400 sought-after suppliers, workshops, unrivalled networking, and live features all under one roof - these two days are truly unmissable for anyone in this sector.

Whether you’re relatively new in the holiday market and looking for inspiration and advice or an established business looking for new and exciting ways to improve your offering, the event covers everything you need to run your holiday business more efficiently.

Tickets are absolutely FREE, so why not register today to confirm your place. Your free ticket...


Saying it With Flowers at the Tes SEN Show London

We had a fantastic weekend at the Tes SEN Show, the largest, most-established special educational needs show in the UK.

Showcasing a selection of instruments, we couldn't resist taking along a preview 'bunch' of our fresh new musical flower bells - perfect for sensory gardens, SEN outdoor spaces, and inclusive playgrounds.

We will be launching our Great Outdoors Range shortly - please check back here soon and in the meantime if you require any further information please email info@percussionplay.com

“Flowers are the music of the ground.” – Edwin Curran


Flower Power at the NRPA Annual Conference, Baltimore

Percussion Play has been delighting delegates at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference by giving them a sneak preview of their new range of outdoor musical flowers 'Harmony Bells'.

Approx. 8,000 people who are passionate about parks and recreation, conservation, health, landscape architecture, city planning and making communities great places to live have made their way to Baltimore for networking activities, education sessions and an inside look at the latest products for the field at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

Never one to disappoint, in true Percussion Play style, their Booth is jammed full of inspirational outdoor musical instruments for inclusive music parks, playgrounds and community spaces.

You'll be able to see and find out more about this exciting new range of floral musical delights very soon. Watch this space!

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'Mini' Rainbow Trio Ensemble Goes To Ground

Originally designed to be hung on playground walls, we’ve extended our Rainbow Trio Ensemble to now include in-ground or surface-mounted versions of these three sweet little instruments.

Five reasons to love our ‘Mini’ Rainbow Trio Ensemble

1) Size is everything

The small and compact size makes these instruments appealing for smaller organizations such as nursery schools, pre-schools and kindergartens. Occupying less space than the full-size instruments this bright, inviting range requires less budget too! Most tasks young children learn to do are much easier if they have objects that are made in a size that is right for their age. This range is the perfect size for little ones.

2) Colour Matters

Children love fun, bright colours and find themselves drawn to colourful items that spark the imagination. As their eyes are not fully developed they...


Back To School? Make some Time for Free Play

Across the country, schools have reopened their doors for the Autumn Term - school is officially back in session! As the lazy days spent in the back garden, down on the beach or running around in the local park turn back into hurried schedules: filled with early starts, homework and extracurricular activities, we need to remember the importance of incorporating some time for free play into our children's daily lives. Free, unstructured play is fun, but it’s not frivolous! Active play is required for optimal growth and development. Kids need time to run around, explore, build, imagine and let loose with their friends and family members. Even as they grow older, play remains important for learning and development and the importance of play doesn’t diminish as preschoolers become school-age children. It's crucial that children are not over-scheduled and that time if left for open-ended, unstructured play.

  • Play and time outside is vital for children to digest what has been learned...

Discover Percussion Play - Intriguing, Funky and Irresistible To Play - Tembos

Let us introduce you to one of our more intriguing instruments - our range of plosive aerophones we call Tembos. Tembos produce some very low, very mellow sounds, look intriguing and are utterly irresistible to play. So what is a plosive aerophone? how do you play one? and why the heck do we call them Tembos?

Plosive Sounds

Plosive aerophones are a category of musical instruments which vary considerably in style and called by a number of different names including batonkas and boom tubes, but ultimately they are from the same group of instruments identified as ‘slap tubes’ or ESPAS (End Struck Plosive Aerophones). Despite some popularisation of the concept by the Blue Man Group, they remain one of the greatest music-making ideas that most people have never heard of!

Humble Bamboo Beginnings

Plosive aerophones are musical instruments in which a body of air is set into vibration by a sudden blow. This family of percussion instruments include; clay pot...