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Happy Planet are a local, ethical and award winning gift shop in Whitley Bay, within North Tyneside near Newcastle in the North East of England. Happy Planet is now sharing it’s own brand of colourful sustainable happiness directly with you online. We are an ethical social enterprise gift shop, gallery and studio. We offer original handmade goods created by local and national artists, as well fair trade products.

  • 5 star review  I thoroughly enjoyed the Creative Day on Sunday! Thank you so much. It's not often I have the opportunity to play for a whole day but to learn, relax and develop whilst exploring creative play was wonderful. Held in the beautiful surroundings of the Northumbrian coast, with woodland on one side and the beach on the other, and hosted by the talented and creativity-nurturing artist Gail Curry, this is a perfect 'day away' session and I highly recommend it. I have felted pebbles on my coffee table now; and I thought I wasn't creative!

    thumb Janice Ross
  • positive review  Fantastic creations and the owner is wonder; she kindly donated some of her lovely bespoke crafts to a charity event helping to raise money for Save the Children - thank you

    thumb Emma Ann Nelson
  • 5 star review  Fabulous shop full of gorgeous handmade things. Gail is so friendly and makes the place very welcoming. Fantastic for gifts for all occasions, you will find it hard to resist treating yourself!

    thumb Mary Laing
  • positive review  Really helpful, goes above and beyond! Really chuffed with my bowl, she posted it really quickly and it arrived safe and sound. Thank you so much!

    thumb Christy Tolliday
  • positive review  Just been to see Gail for a felting workshop and I cannot recommend her enough! Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere and Gail answered all our questions on felting and shared her tips. The shop is fantastic and an Aladdin’s cave of local art and crafts. I will be returning and cannot wait for the next workshop.

    thumb Grace Spedding
  • 5 star review  Really nice place to be - lovely gifts and local artists and the people in it of course. Liz

    thumb Elizabeth Deller
  • 5 star review  Just spent a fantastic afternoon at Happy Planet Creative Arts Winter Workshops at Boo Boo & Ted, Whitley Road in Whitley Bay. My first introduction to the art of Needle Felting with Gail Curry. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, I was made to feel very welcome, really relaxed atmosphere, excellent tuition and I would highly recommend anyone who is thinking about doing Felting, be it Needle or Wet Felting to get themselves enrolled with Gail, she is a Natural. Thanks Gail, I've found my niche, and I will be watching for news of the next Course..Keep in Touch. Pauline Horsefield.

    thumb David E Horsefield
  • 5 star review  I attend one of the craft groups, full of fun, life, creativity and a loving, caring atmosphere. It leaves me feeling Happy and full of inspiration. I recommend it fully!

    thumb Julia Baker
  • positive review  I have been meaning to call in for ages and when I finally made it I was like a kid in a sweet shop ooohing and ahhing over all the beautiful things. I went in for a birthday present for a friend and came away with something for her and myself. It has also given me loads of ideas for presents for others so I will definitely be back soon. I was amazed at the quality and price of things and it is lovely to be able to buy something that is handmade locally.

    thumb Becky Rowe
  • positive review  I visited this gorgeous place recently and was delighted and inspired. It is a credit to Gail the owner, who has created a special place which oozes creativity. I bought some lovely gifts and picked up a workshop list. I will be getting booked on workshops very soon as I can’t wait to be a part of the creativity!

    thumb Lynsey Rollins
  • 5 star review  Wonderful shop full of beautiful happy things. The felted creatures are a joy - made with love and humour. Just been to the online shop and ordered some things for my elderly parents who are self-isolating...perfect gifts!

    thumb Ian Kille
  • 5 star review  What a wonderful shop/gallery displaying a fabulous selection of crafted goods made by both Gail and local artists. I guarantee you will not leave without buying something unique.

    thumb Anne Nicholson
  • 5 star review  I love visiting Happy Planet Creative Arts and it is my 'go to' place for gifts that are unique, and with the added bonus that they are locally made. I never come out empty handed as I can never resist treating myself as well as whoever I went in to buy a gift for! Congratulations Gail on providing a welcoming space and offering something that is different.

    thumb BECKY ROWE
  • 5 star review  I love this shop, I spend ages in here whenever I go, I have a good browse while having my cup of community tea. Always a warm welcome and made to feel at home. Gail always has a wide variety of stock from local artists including herself, which are amazing. Highly recommend a visit.

    thumb Judith Culham Elsdon
  • 5 star review  Fabulous shop / gallery. Beautiful products, excellent selection of gifts, the owner Gail is warm and welcoming.

    thumb Amanda Dixon
  • 5 star review  A wonderful little shop, that promotes and sells products by local artists and runs craft workshops to create more of them! The owner Gail's own journey as an artist is an inspiration to all who seek self expression through art.

    thumb Jonathan Goode
  • 5 star review  Such a wonderful shop, my children and I love popping in to say hi to Gail and browse, although everything is so tempting it's difficult to leave with nothing! We've got quite a collection of beautiful handcrafted felt animals now and it's my first stop when gift shopping. We always have a warm welcome and get very excited when we go past and see the window display has changed (especially at christmas!)

    thumb Vicki Parry
  • 5 star review  Lovely shop, really friendly. They have a wide range of arts and crafts. Don't expect just to spend ten minutes in there. Once you get lost in the shop, time disappears.

    thumb Ken Mulley-Smith
  • 5 star review  You'll find a wonderful collection of original, crafted gifts in this delightful place.

    thumb Rob Scott
  • 5 star review  Unique gifts made with love and to a high standard. Well worth a visit. Workshops also for felting and art so cool. Gifts suitable for all budgets. 💜🌈💜

    thumb Tova Crossland
  • star rating  I was looking for a way to get creative but don't have much confidence in my ability. As a customer of the Happy Planet Creative Arts shop I found out... read more

    Janice R
    April 2, 2017
  • star rating  Have visited a few times and always find Gail to be very friendly and helpful. The shop is beautiful and is a great showcase for her art and also for... read more

    SFE74
    April 2, 2017
  • star rating  Have visited a few times and always find Gail to be very friendly and helpful. The shop is beautiful and is a great showcase for her art and also for... read more

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    April 2, 2017
  • star rating  After doing a couple of needle felting workshops with Gail Curry I couldn't wait to sign up for an afternoon of picture making using wet felt. The session was great... read more

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    March 19, 2017
  • star rating  This has become my “go to” place for interesting and well made gifts. The owner and artist is always friendly and chatty and makes browsing and buying a

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    December 17, 2017
  • star rating  I have always admired the Shibori technique for it's uniqueness and sometimes intricate detail. Emily Carney explained several ways to make designs and patterns with advice on the best fabric... read more

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    July 9, 2017
  • star rating  I was so happy to find this lovely space and the very talent Gail again!
    I've done a beginning felting workshop last year which I really enjoyed. The... read more

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    February 22, 2017
  • star rating  A great introduction as a beginner, Lovely friendly and informative course. Learned loads and has great time.

    JJ5678
    May 28, 2017
  • star rating  Just had a wonderful 2hour workshop, lovely evening, very informative! And great fun! The shop is full of beautiful handmade items! Already looking forward to booking another class!

    katethunter
    March 12, 2017
  • star rating  We spent an idyllic day with Gail of Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC in Low Hauxley. Gail has an amazing shop with lots of fabulous crafts and artwork. She... read more

    Tannerz
    July 2, 2018
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