North Shields Store

North Shields Retail Park, Norham Road,
North Shields. NE29 7UJ

01915 005966

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (browsing from 10am)
North Shields Store
Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

Our experts can sharpen your plane blades, woodturning gouges, carving chisels...

Festool Test Centre

Festool Test Centre

Try Festool tools for yourself and discover why the range is so unique.


Time to refuel?

If you're not in a hurry to leave why not take your tea break in store.

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

These workshops offer you the opportunity to see machinery in use and get hands on.

Axminster Finance

Axminster Finance

Let your tools pay for themselves - we can explain your finance options - find out more

Free Car Parking

Free Car Parking

As part of our service parking is free to all customers.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

A simple and secure way to pay with your iPhone 6 or Apple Watch.

Click & Collect

Can’t wait for delivery? Why not collect in store!

Check store stock and reserve tools online, then collect in store

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Get involved in store

We welcome hobbyists, professionals and clubs to come along and join in and from time to time we will also have special guests and suppliers in store.

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

We have kitted out an area the size of a small garage that any enthusiast would be proud of. We understand that looking at a machine isn't always enough - live workshops offer you the opportunity to see the machines in use and get hands on.

Turning Tuesdays

Turning Tuesdays

This is your chance to see and talk about everything and anything woodturning, every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm in store.

Each week a member of the team will be available to talk turning, demonstrate and help with any queries or questions as well as giving you the chance to get hands on and have a go.

360° Virtual Tour

Step Inside...

Welcome to the North Shields store virtual tour. Providing you a great opportunity to explore all that Axminster Tools & Machinery has to offer.

View Map

Due to the Norham Road Bridge closure we would ask all our North Shields store customers to note the recommended alternative routes.

We are advised that these diversions will be in place until Spring 2018, for information visit

Map of alternative routes
North Shields Store Events


Come to an event and be inspired by our experts and special guests as they give practical demonstrations

Our free events offer a great opportunity to learn a new skill and meet like-minded people. Try the latest tools and machinery - we'll encourage you to get involved. If you need professional advice, our experts are always happy to help.

You can also expect exclusive offers throughout the store so take a look at our calendar and we'll look forward to seeing you!

August 2017

Thursday 24th August
1:00pm - 7:00pm

All Things Engineering With Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart, our in store engineering expert, will present an overview of our Model Engineer and Engineer Series machines. He will also power them up to show the full range of capabilities of these metalworking machines.

Mark will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have, and advise on techniques and tooling.

This is a short afternoon session to talk through all things metalworking and engineering.

Pop in store anytime between 1-4pm and enjoy our FREE event.

Friday 25th August
10:00am - 5:00pm

Woodworking Friday (Name Plaques) For Ages 5-13 Years

Join us for our fifth and final 'Woodworking Friday' session over the summer holidays when we will be inviting customers to come to our store and learn basic woodworking skills. Children are more than welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian (we recommend age range 5-13 years).

Our fifth session will be making name plaques. You will be able to choose from our designs in store, from animals to your favourite superhero. We will show you how to make these little name plaques which are ideal for indoors or outside in the garden. We will demonstrate sawing with a scroll saw plus gluing and decorating techniques using the full range of craft tools we have in store.

Pop in store anytime between 10-4pm. At this FREE event, we will be on hand to help you unleash your creativity and take away a name plaque for your home.

Thursday 31st August
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Rider Hand Tools With Dean Maddison

Join us for an afternoon session when we will be taking you through our very own Axminster Rider range of hand tools.

Our in store demonstrator Dean Maddison will run through the range we have available, and let you get hands-on with them so you can not only see but also feel and appreciate the quality of these tools.

Dean has a vast amount of joinery experience and will show you general set up and how to care for your tools. Plus he will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Pop in store anytime between 1-4pm and enjoy our FREE event.

November 2017

Tuesday 21st November
10:00am - 2:00pm

Veritas Hand Tools With Vic Tesolin

We welcome Vic Tesolin from innovative Canadian hand tools manufacturer Veritas on his second visit to the North Shields store. Vic will be in store with us for a team training session with Axminster North Shields staff, demonstrating the fine tools from Veritas. Any of our customers are more than welcome to join us at the store anytime between 10-2pm and be part of the training, as Vic has a huge amount of knowledge to share with us. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and also get hands-on with tools from Veritas. 

March 2018

Saturday 10th March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Phil Irons In Action With Woodcut Tools

Phil Irons is well known on both the UK and international woodturning scene.

He will be spending the day in store demonstrating tools from Woodcut, with whom he has a long association. His main focus will be on the Bowlsaver MAX3 - a tool which will enable you to get an increased output from a piece of wood. Phil will also be using Tru-Grind sharpening jigs and Pro-Forme hollowing tools.

By his own admission, Phil derives most pleasure and satisfaction from turning hollow forms. He has created some beautiful vases and incredible one-off masterpieces.

Phil also enjoys teaching and offers a number of courses at his workshop in Welford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. Courses range from beginners’ hobby level classes to the more advanced master classes on the lathe.

Pop in store anytime between 10-4pm and enjoy our FREE event.

We deliver a great experience for the hobbyist, tradesman & professional... Mark Bloomfield (Manager) & Steven Taylor
North Shields Store Manager and Deputy Mangager
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