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Everyone is invited to come and get happy in Middlesbrough this summer.

Happy Rooms is a brand new immersive arts attraction which will breathe new life into the former Marks and Spencer store in the town centre. 

Twelve artist designed rooms will bring joy to all who enter them. Dance under the glow of a giant mirrorball, relax beneath the clouds and celebrate with a confetti fanfare. 

Created by Stellar Creates, organisers of Nightfall, Happy Rooms will explore what it means to be and feel happy. The immersive walk-through experience will take visitors on a trail of pure joy with installations, playful activities, vibrant spaces and thoughtful exhibitions along the way.

Happy Rooms will run from Saturday, 3 August to Sunday 22 September open Wednesday to Sunday each week. During September it will be open to the public from Friday to Sunday with school groups invited from Monday to Thursday each week. Every day, the former Marks and Spencer store will be transformed into a vibrant playground for all ages.

Rachel Willis and Lyndsey Stephenson are directors of Teesside-based Stellar Creates. Rachel says: “We are so excited to bring Happy Rooms to Middlesbrough. This continues our passion for bringing people together outside of traditional arts venues, transforming unused and forgotten buildings into temporary homes for artist designed spaces.”

Lyndsey adds: “Happy Rooms delves into the essence of happiness. It will celebrate play, the great outdoors, colour, family, rest and relaxation. Everyone is invited to step into a world of joy and delight and let your imagination be ignited.”

Happy Rooms will be open from 10am until 4pm (timed entry every 15 minutes with last entry at 3pm) and the experience lasts 60-90 minutes. Quiet and relaxed slots will be at 10am and 10.15am daily. In addition to the rooms there will be creative activities, artist pop-ups and a Happy Tuck Shop. Tickets are £5 for children and £7 for adults. For tickets go to

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