Welcome to Happy Planet
“no harm to people or the planet for profit”
Happy Planet is an award-winning social enterprise gift shop and gallery in Whitley Bay specialising in handmade goods made by local artists and makers, as a well as supporting ethically made and sourced Fairtrade products.
19th Sept 2020 New Opening Hours click here
Please note visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering to ensure staff and visitors safety
To see Gail Curry Artist – Just Another Day Online Exhibition please click here
Happy Planet online shopping Click here to shop Happy or click picture below
- Janice Ross
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!
- Tina Stobbs
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
- Becky Pdyp
What a fab session we had with you tonight, Helping Hands had a great time making robins and snowmen, thank you Gail
- Nicola Brown
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 .
- Elizabeth Deller
Really nice place to be - lovely gifts and local artists and the people in it of course. Liz
- Margaret Dixon
Second workshop on needle felting with Gail. Just love it. So relaxing.
- Adele Wellandtruly Dunn
Visited this lovely shop on its open day on Friday & was greeted with a smile by the lovely lady Gail. Spent a while browsing & chatting with Gail who can tell you all about the products & who has made them. Highly recommend if you are looking for a gift that is a little bit different.
- Grace Spedding
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.
- Debbie Robertson
My first visit but not my last what a wonderful emporium of amazing goodies, gifts and gorgeousness. So many wonderful things I left with a bag full!
- Evelyn Fogerty
I've been meaning to pop in for a while and finally did today - what a beautiful shop full of delightful goods. There really is something for everyone in here - we were made to feel so so welcome and no question was too much. If you haven't been get yourself down there. If you're looking for a gift for someone or even yourself you're bound to find something beautifully unique in this shop.
- Rob Scott
You'll find a wonderful collection of original, crafted gifts in this delightful place.
- Sandra Fleck
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
- Ian Kille
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!
- Amanda Dixon
Fabulous shop / gallery. Beautiful products, excellent selection of gifts, the owner Gail is warm and welcoming.
- Chris Kay
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 💜
- Jonathan Goode
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.
- Anne Nicholson
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.
- BECKY ROWE
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.
- Vicki Parry
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!)
- Ken Mulley-Smith
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.
- Janice R
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
Did this two hour workshop with my Mam. We were made to feel totally at ease doing something completely new and enjoyed every minute. Came away with a lovely handmade... read more
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
- Jackie W
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
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
Brilliant time at the workshop. Learnt lots of new techniques! Lovely surroundings to work in. Gail’s very talented and has lots of time for everyone. Many thanks. Love my lil... read more
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
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
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