Celebrate a riot of colour during the summer holidays

With the summer holidays drawing near, it’s time to start planning a variety of fun activities to keep your children entertained.

Perfect for families with children as young as five years old, The Royal Academy of Arts are celebrating all things colour with the ‘Summer Exhibition’ and are hosting a number of family workshops for all to enjoy. Take part in a fun interactive tour of the galleries with painting, printmaking, and sculpture through to installation led by one of the engaging artist-educators. Follow this with an enjoyable art making session with the kids, taking inspiration from the works on display in the Exhibition. This guarantees a fun-filled morning, plus it’s a fantastic opportunity to get their creative minds busy.

The family workshop runs on the 24th and 31st July and also 5th and 7th August between 10:30am–12:30pm, with ticket prices £15 Adults, Royal Academy of Arts Friends £5 and Children 5+ yrs £3. Booking is required on the RA website.

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Half Term Fun at Home with GLTC

 When staying at home, finding fun and creative ways to fill the days can be hard work so we have come up with some ideas to fill in the hours.  We’d love to see some pictures of your garden sports days…


We love the idea of being able to play with our children outdoors, so here are some of our suggestions for getting your children active and out and about in the garden!

  • Sports Day

Get a few friends together and create a little bit of healthy competition amongst the children. We have the perfect Party Sports Day Set to do this.

Party Sports Day Set


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GLTC Competition: Spruce Up For Spring

Win £500 to spend at Great Little Trading Co.

If your home is looking a bit cluttered after the winter and in need of a bit of a spruce up then you’ll love this weeks competition!

We’re giving £500 away to three lucky winners, you can spend it as they wish at GLTC, whether it’s in outdoor toys or a complete makeover for the kids’ bedroom with some new storage, toy boxes, rugs and blackout curtains.

All you need to do is watch our Spring Behind The Scenes Video and tell us the products you’d pick to spruce up your home. Enter here by midnight Sunday 19th April.

A Toy Storage dream of a life less chaotic by Daisy Bridgewater

The new AW14 catalgoue has started to drop on doorsteps all over the country, you may notice more than ever that GLTC have a love for toy storage – we really can’t get enough of it. It seems we’re not the only ones who find solace in storage systems, Daisy Bridgewater a busy mum of three boys describes it as her ‘saving grace’ and here’s why…

Daisy Bridgewater

I sometimes wonder what would happen if I never picked up anybody’s toys or pants off the floor, but simply stepped gracefully over them on my way to something more fulfilling. Would the collective consciousness awaken at the sight of stinking mounds of unwashed underwear? Would tidiness eventually reign once the toy box was empty and nothing could be found? Sadly, experience tells me otherwise. Children generally don’t register chaos. Toy storage to them is meaningless. And they don’t really mind wearing dirty clothes.

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AW14 behind the scenes on the GLTC photo shoot

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at GLTC and how we capture those magical moments in our catalogues that land on your door step?

Get the inside story on the GLTC photo shoot – you’ll see our latest range of toys and kids’ furniture in all their glory! We filmed some behind the scenes footage of our very silly photographic team at work (especially Dan, the one with the camera) and our mischievous little models having lots of fun.

Look out for our fabulous new toy storage ideas!

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We have more to come, including a sentimental and nostalgic Christmas video coming soon.

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