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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  Gorgeous felt designs. My two girls are going to love their felt fairies in their stockings this year. Can't wait to come back and have another browse or join in with one of their creative events πŸ™‚

    thumb Laura Prince
  • 5 star review  Really enjoyed the papercraft workshop. Was made to feel very welcome and loved learning a new skill. The shop is lovely too! Gorgeous handmade gifts πŸ™‚

    thumb Michelle Todd
  • 5 star review  I had an amazing afternoon learning to needle felt with Gail Curry. I came away with a felt badge I had made myself from scratch and the tools to continue felting at home! Gail was so encouraging and helpful and the I loved the amazing views from The Mission in North Shields. Thanks so much Gail and I'll be back.

    thumb Maureen Oxnard
  • 5 star review  I had a great time at happy planet learning how to make Christmas decorations a very relaxed night with Gail felt very proud of myself when Tracy reay and myself left .would recommend thisclass to any one xxx

    thumb Ann Davies
  • 5 star review  Happy shopping at happy planet X X X fab unique shop X

    thumb Lindsey Grieves
  • 5 star review  Happy planet is one of my favourite shops, if you are ever looking for a unique hand crafted gift then this is the place . Beautiful items, I have done a couple of workshops too which are really good valued for money and enjoyable .

    thumb Nicola Brown
  • positive review  Loved my visit to the shop yesterday ...and bought A Journey in Poetry by Gail ... so beautiful and moving ... thoroughly recommend the shop and the book! xxx

    thumb Fran Marley
  • 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  Took the kids (9&10) to make needle felted monsters today, it was blinkin fab!! Gail was so patient and really encouraged them to be creative and imaginative and run with their ideas. Such a lovely lovely activity to do and coming away with a lovely little self made monster that they are both really proud of has made their day. Highly recommended. Thanks Gail

    thumb Tina Stobbs
  • positive review  Just had the most amazing workshop with Gail making felt hares. I’m inspired to create more felt animals. Thank you Gail.

    thumb Judy Zajac
  • 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  I love this quirky Art and craft shop...it's stuffed full of gorgeous things at very reasonable prices, many of them made by the extremely talented and lovely owner Gail. It's a great place to go for gifts and everything I've bought there has enchanted the recipients

    thumb Sandra Fleck
  • 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  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. πŸ’œπŸŒˆπŸ’œ

    thumb Tova Crossland
  • 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  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  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  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  You'll find a wonderful collection of original, crafted gifts in this delightful place.

    thumb Rob Scott
  • 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
  • star rating  I came with a friend but was first to arrive and instantly was made to feel at home. Learnt some great paper crafts that I’ll be continuing with and will... read more

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    May 1, 2018
  • star rating  The felted seal workshop was great. I'm a complete beginner and didn't know what to expect from needle felting but Gail was very supportive and made everyone feel at ease.... read more

    shareekh
    June 10, 2017
  • star rating  Plodging, kite flying, shibori dyeing, mandala stone painting, freckle catching, food sharing and belly laughing. Perfect day. Perfect company. Thanks Gail

    Janice R
    July 1, 2018
  • star rating  I have followed Gail Curry since I first came across her working from a stall in Tynemouth Market
    She is very welcoming to everyone and Happy Planet is a lovely... read more

    275pam
    June 6, 2018
  • 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  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  Silver clay jewellery workshop with Emine Thompson.

    This was the first workshop I’d done at Happy Planet and I loved it.
    Gail’s shop is full of lovely handmade... read more

    johjohwill
    May 28, 2018
  • star rating  What a wonderful find in Whitley Bay. This little haven of creative arts is just the most wonderful way to spend time browsing the shelves. If you are in Whitley... read more

    Jackie W
    February 20, 2017
  • star rating  I love this place for its sense of peace and creativity-you enter as a customer and leave a friend. Bought a beautiful necklace there, hand made by the incredibly talented... read more

    Suziechops
    July 6, 2017
  • star rating  What a great afternoon! I had a fantastic time learning shibori techniques and dyeing my own scarf. Great tutor and a fantastic fun environment, I'll be back

    Karen J
    July 14, 2017
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