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!

October 2017

Friday 6th October
10:00am - 4:00pm

Lamello Tools & Fixings With Steve Taylor

Swiss manufacturers Lamello continue to create award winning innovations enabling you to build bespoke designs to the highest specification. Lamello products are renowned for their precision and quality, saving both time and money with outstanding results.

Our Axminster Business Services technical consultant, Steve Taylor, will be in store for the afternoon to run through tools and fixings from Lamello. Steve will give a hands-on demonstration which can apply equally to both home users as well as business customers, and he will be available to answer any questions

Saturday 7th October
10:00am - 4:00pm

All About Extraction With Mark Stewart

Extraction is an absolute must in any workshop and on site. We should never underestimate the importance of looking after your health as well as reducing the tidying up at the end of a workshop session.

Our in-store demonstrator, Mark Stewart, will be running through the range of portable and fixed extraction units we have, from power tool manufacturers such as Festool and Fein, machinery specialist Jet and our own Axminster standing extraction units.

Mark will be on hand to offer help and advice as well as guide you through what can sometimes be a complex area of workshop equipment.

November 2017

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

Souber Lock Jig With Nathan Blythe

The Souber lock jig is fast becoming the preferred method for many tradespeople when fitting mortice locks. Our in-store demonstrator, Nathan Blythe, will show you how to use it.

This jig makes the job quick and simple. With its self-centring clamp and milling operation, it is definitely an essential tool when fitting doors.

But don't take our word for it, why not pop in store anytime between 10-4pm and enjoy our FREE event.

Saturday 18th November
10:00am - 5:00pm

UJK Technology Pocket Hole Jig With Matthew Roberton

"Pocket hole joinery is all about making strong, hidden joints that are fast and easy to produce. And the UJK Technology pocket hole jig does just that! It is perfect for many applications from furniture making to kitchen fitting, resulting in very strong frames and carcases. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional, this jig will make a great addition to your tool kit and will give years of reliable usage.

Our in-store demonstrator, Matthew Roberton, will be showing you just how easy it is to achieve some seriously strong pocket hole joins with the UJK Technology pocket hole jig.

At Matthew's demonstration, there will be the opportunity to get hands-on and experience firsthand how simple yet effective this jig is."

Tuesday 21st November
9:30am - 1:00pm

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. 

January 2018

Saturday 27th January to Sunday 28th January
10:00am - 3:30pm

Woodturning With Andrew Hall - The Hat Man

Andrew Hall will be with us for the full weekend demonstrating the art of woodturning, using the Axminster Trade Series AT2030VS lathe - one of the big beasts among woodturning lathes.

Known to many as the Hat Man, Andrew brings with him a lot of woodturning experience and creates some very unique pieces of work on the lathe.

Andrew will be on hand to demonstrate different techniques as well as answering any questions you may have. He will also show us another of his talents and indulge in a bit of guitar playing on one of his beautifully handmade guitars.

A fantastic weekend to pop down to the store!

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)
North Shields Store Manager
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