Welcome to Happy Planet
“no harm to people or the planet in the name of profit”
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.
Place an online order and you are entered into the weekly draw for a £20 prize voucher*
National Lockdown (5th Nov-2nd Dec) Online & Click & Collect ONLY
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
- Alison Mood
Thank you Gail for a very enjoyable and relaxing evening spent at your needle felting workshop. I have always wanted to have a go at needle felting and was pleased to discover that you were holding workshops in your beautiful new shop just around the corner. I am delighted with my little robin and will certainly be back again to try another craft.
- Susan Bridgewater
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.
- Mary Laing
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!
- Becky Pdyp
What a fab session we had with you tonight, Helping Hands had a great time making robins and snowmen, thank you Gail
- Lou Laggan
I attended one of Gail's creative retreats which she held at Low Hauxley. Oh what an amazing day! To be able to focus on something so different to my normal day, to learn new skills from someone who is so talented and patient, to let creativity flow - it was simply wonderful! Thoroughly enjoyed it and more importantly it did me the world of good -so beneficial for maintaining your health. Thank you so much Gail. xx
- Tina Shaw
My sister absolutely loved her one off felted diary that I bought her for her birthday!! And the fact that she can reuse the cover in future years to come is a big bonus for a Yorkshire lass!! Lol. Thanks again Gail!
- Tracy Ann Bidwell
A gorgeous shop full of handmade gifts and a warm welcome. If you are looking for something a little different, pop in and see Gail and she will be delighted to help.
- Lorz Lou-Pagan Brew
I have had the most awesome lovely evening today. Thank you so much, its been a hoot and I can't wait to come and do another class. Highly recommend to anyone and the relaxing atmosphere just added to this xx
- Margaret Dixon
Second workshop on needle felting with Gail. Just love it. So relaxing.
- Lorna Dargan
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Judith Culham Elsdon
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.
- 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 💜
- Rob Scott
You'll find a wonderful collection of original, crafted gifts in this delightful place.
- 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.
- Amanda Dixon
Fabulous shop / gallery. Beautiful products, excellent selection of gifts, the owner Gail is warm and welcoming.
- 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!
- 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.
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
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
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
- Helen W
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
The best place to buy handcrafted gifts, chat with the owner artist who makes many of them, or learn new skills yourself. Once you’ve visited you’ll want to keep going... 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
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
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