Welcome to Happy Planet
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.
Please note visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering to ensure staff and visitors safety
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- 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!
- Clare Talbot-Jones
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.
- Susan Perkins
Lovely shop with a very knowledgeable owner/artist and some fabulous locally produced art and crafts. They also run workshops from the premises!
- 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
- Maureen Oxnard
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.
- Elaine Maughan
Great afternoon at the needlefelting class yesterday afternoon. Despite my limited creative talents I came away with some lovely felted creations and a new hobby
- Judy Zajac
Just had the most amazing workshop with Gail making felt hares. I’m inspired to create more felt animals. Thank you Gail.
- Emma Ann Nelson
Fantastic creations and the owner is wonder; she kindly donated some of her lovely bespoke crafts to a charity event helping to raise money for Save the Children - thank you
- 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 .
- Becky Rowe
I have been meaning to call in for ages and when I finally made it I was like a kid in a sweet shop ooohing and ahhing over all the beautiful things. I went in for a birthday present for a friend and came away with something for her and myself. It has also given me loads of ideas for presents for others so I will definitely be back soon. I was amazed at the quality and price of things and it is lovely to be able to buy something that is handmade locally.
- 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.
- 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!)
- Tova Crossland
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. 💜🌈💜
- Amanda Dixon
Fabulous shop / gallery. Beautiful products, excellent selection of gifts, the owner Gail is warm and welcoming.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Elaine M
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
- 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