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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  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.

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  • 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
  • 5 star review  Two workshops I've been to here now, absolutely loved them both & cant wait to decide which workshop to do next. Gail is brilliant, so accommodating, patient and talented. There's also so many fabulous things to buy in store too! Thank you Gail, we'll be back soon! X

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  • positive review  I love everything about this shop! It's a joy to visit Gail and the beautiful array of special items in store! There's some magic that goes on there too, as I always leave feeling that little bit happier than when I arrived 😁 Must acknowledge the wonderful website too, which really does do a fantastic job of showcasing the glorious gifts on offer

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  • 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!

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  • 5 star review  Thank Gail for great workshop in needle felting tonight. I love my little Robin, just need to make my Batman now

    thumb Geoff Jess Smith
  • positive review  Lovely shop with a very knowledgeable owner/artist and some fabulous locally produced art and crafts. They also run workshops from the premises!

    thumb Susan Perkins
  • 5 star review  Thanks for making me feel so welcome in your new shop today Gail. Very impressed, everything is beautiful !! Wishing you all the very best with your new venture.

    thumb Susan Bridgewater
  • 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 🙂

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  • 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!

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  • 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  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  Happy Planet has some lovely unique arts for sale so Ive bought a few things from there ranging from wooden seasidey ornaments to hand made cards to essential oils. Love it and Gail is so friendly 💜

    thumb Chris Kay
  • 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  Lovely unique gifts

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  • 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  Fabulous shop / gallery. Beautiful products, excellent selection of gifts, the owner Gail is warm and welcoming.

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

    thumb Rob Scott
  • 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!

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    March 12, 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  This is a fabulous shop! The felt animals are so full of character and all individually... read more

    maryjT2905KZ
    July 14, 2020
  • star rating  Huge thanks to Gail at Happy Planet for a fabulously relaxing and creative workshop yesterday. Perfect location, great company and I loved creating my shibori silk scarf and mandala stones.... read more

    Elaine M
    July 2, 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  Gail kindly put together a workshop for me and my friends last Thursday. We made felted Christmas trees. Some of us were complete beginners and a few of us have... read more

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    November 18, 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
  • star rating  Enjoyed a great day with Gail and the other participants last weekend. Great people, lovely location & learned loads, including g the fact that even a self confessed ‘non creative’... read more

    Helen W
    July 8, 2018
  • star rating  Popped in yesterday for the first time after often walking past and admiring the window display. Beautiful crafts adorn every surface, needless to say this is now going to be... read more

    joob78
    November 24, 2018
  • 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 😀😀

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    July 14, 2017
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