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Happy Planet is an Award Winning Social Enterprise Ethical Gift Shop and Gallery in Whitley Bay, specialising in handmade goods made by local artists and makers, as well as supporting ethically made and sourced Fairtrade products.

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  • 5 star review  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.

    thumb Adele Wellandtruly Dunn
  • 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
  • 5 star review  Great evening at the workshop and we all made lovely figures at our first attempt. Roll on the next workshop.

    thumb Sandra Quick
  • 4 star review  Was really looking forward to my needle felting class on Sunday, was late but Gail was super about it. Nice relaxed and informal setting, great tuition and lots of encouragement from Gail who is very welcoming and easy going. So many ideas and thoughts to progress beyond the course but more classes needed to carry those forward. Can't wait for next class. Thanks Gail Pam Wilson

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  • 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  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
  • 5 star review  Happy Planet is the perfect place to pick up a meaningful gift that is full of soul: one off pieces of art that are really affordable. There is a wonderful sense of community and inclusion about the place. Gail is a remarkable lady and she will gladly make you feel welcome and accepted in her space (I say "space" because it's much more than a shop.) Check out the variety of workshops as well. Gail is a creative and an encourager who I don't doubt will facilitate a really productive and enjoyable session for anyone, regardless of skill or experience. If you're in Whitley Bay make sure you go out of your way to visit.

    thumb Clare Talbot-Jones
  • 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  Had a splendid evening making felt baubles for Christmas here - it was lovely to get back into having a bit of a play, and under Gail's gentle guidance, managed to make something I'm happy to hang on my tree!

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

    thumb Amanda Dixon
  • 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  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  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  Lovely unique gifts

    thumb Karen Shuker
  • 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  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  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 πŸ’œ

    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
  •   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
    6/06/2018
  •   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

    phoebeUk
    2/19/2017
  •   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
    7/02/2018
  •   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 β€˜non creative’... read more

    Helen W
    7/08/2018
  •   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
    7/02/2018
  •   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

    mayraluana
    2/22/2017
  •   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
    7/14/2017
  •   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
    7/06/2017
  •   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

    ballisticowl
    7/09/2017
  •   Plodging, kite flying, shibori dyeing, mandala stone painting, freckle catching, food sharing and belly laughing. Perfect day. Perfect company. Thanks Gail

    Janice R
    7/01/2018
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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.

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