Cardiff Store

Valegate Retail Park, Copthorne Way, Cardiff. CF5 6EH

02920 025000 -

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (browsing from 10am)

Christmas & New Year

22nd & 23rd December Normal hours as above
24th December 8am - 1pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 10am - 4.30pm
27th - 30th December Normal hours as above
31st December 8am - 5.30pm
New Year's Day Closed
2nd January New hours commence
Cardiff Store
    • New year, new hours. Starting 2nd January this store will be open until 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Previously we have been open until 7pm.
Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

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

Free Car Parking

Free Car Parking

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


Time to refuel?

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

Axminster Finance

Axminster Finance

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

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.

Festool Test Centre

Festool Test Centre

Festool tools are precision engineered and have to be seen as an investment, which ultimately saves you time, materials and protects your health.

Gain some hands-on experience in store and discover why the range is so unique.

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Cardiff 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!

December 2018

Saturday 15th December
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Woodturning Christmas Decorations With David Kenwrick

Our in-store woodturning specialist David Kenwrick will be turning Christmas decorations using the Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS lathe.

If you would like to make some special items for your tree or create a unique table decoration, come along and find some inspiration on how to make perfect Christmas decorations on the lathe

Saturday 15th December
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Stick Carving with Ian James

Ian James is one of Britain’s foremost stick carvers whose work is featured in Andrew Jones and Clive George’s book, Stickmaking A Complete Course. Ian's work is widely collected and he is well known for his unique and brilliantly realistic carved animal and bird walking sticks. This an opportunity not to be missed by anyone interested in this fascinating style of stick making.

Saturday 15th December to Sunday 16th December
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Woodcarving With The British Woodcarvers Association - South Wales Region

We have a fantastic weekend planned for those interested in carving - the British Woodcarvers Association (South Wales Region) will be in our Cardiff store on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-16:00.

They will cover all aspects of woodcarving and demonstrate techniques suitable for all levels of carver, from the beginner to the professional.

Using Flexcut tools to carve, Mirka Abranet to finish and many other products, the British Woodcarvers will show you just what can be achieved. With each carver having over 20 years of carving experience, these demonstrations are sure to inspire!

For more information about the British Woodcarvers, visit

Saturday 15th December
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Christmas Decoration Project - On The Scroll Saw

Our second ‘Take Home’ Christmas Project will introduce children to the delicate art of scroll sawing as they make an eye-catching decoration for the Christmas tree or a feature for a festive table. With hands-on guidance from our store experts, children will learn to cut from a template to produce their tree, sand to a smooth finish and then decorate with paints and glitter finishes to provide a personal sparkle to their projects. We’re sure these ‘Take Home’ trees will inspire further creativity at home - and help occupy restless hands until those Christmas presents are opened!

*Maximum of two children per adult, ages 7-14, all children must be registered to participate. Please register your interest through Eventbrite. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while in the store. All tools and materials provided at the event.

January 2019

Saturday 5th January
9:30am - 2:30pm

Cardiff Store - Scroll Saw Workshop With Lee Parfitt

Using the Ex-21 Trade Series scroll saw, store manager Lee, will be showing you how to make some unique peices.The demonstration will cover the creative versatility of the scroll saw, provide guidance on machine and blade choice and how to set up your scroll saw correctly.

If you are looking to start the year with a new hobby then this relaxed introduction will show that, with just a little imagination, the possibilities are endless.

Saturday 19th January
10:30am - 3:00pm

Cardiff Store - Joinery Workshop With Christopher Caine

EuroSkills Competitor Christopher Caine made up a team of 22 women and men that represented the UK against peers from across the continent. They collectively placed the UK ninth place of 27 Countries. Chris won a Medallion in the Joinery section and has qualified for the next stage of the competition.
But before he goes to Russia he is in-store to showcase some of his projects and share his approach on how to achieve the cleanest internal joints. As well as talking all things woodwork - come along anytime and say hi!

Saturday 26th January to Sunday 27th January
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Clearance Weekend

We’re having another clear out, so come and find a deal or two from the clearance section!
There will be a selection of machines available, including ex-displays, open box, used or refurbished machines - but only whilst stocks last!

Saturday 26th January
10:00am - 2:00pm

Cardiff Store - The AT254TS Table Saw Workstation

Long-awaited in the UK, Axminster Tools & Machinery introduces a revolutionary new Trade workstation, combining a high precision table saw with dado insert and router table recess - all in one. This ultra versatile newcomer is ideal for trade workshops and serious hobby woodworkers looking for a cost-effective, space-saving machine which will dramatically your project capabilities. A quick release system makes it easy to remove the riving knife and insert a dado blade set while the right-hand table is recessed to incorporate a router table.

To see the AT254TS in action and appreciate the full extent of its features, be sure not to miss our national demonstration to be hosted at all Axminster stores.

We look forward to helping you revolutionise your workshop!

February 2019

Saturday 2nd February
10:30am - 3:30pm

Cardiff Store - Win A Place On Our Pen Turning Day

Are you looking to get started in pen turning or would you like to improve your skills? Our in-store expert Dan will be demonstrating the art of turning a pen as well as covering best practice and answering all your questions.

Win a pen turning session just by registering!
Not sure whether turning is for you or just want to make a pen under the guidance of an expert? Register for this demo via Eventbrite and be automatically entered into the draw to win a guided session on the day, plus the pen you make is yours to keep!
Tickets will be drawn on Thursday 31st January and the 5 winners will be notified via email - turn your luck into a hobby!

Saturday 9th February
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Hands-on Pyrography Workshop

Our in-store expert Gavin will be demonstrating the art of pyrography, showing you everything you need to know to get started in this rewarding and enjoyable hobby. Gavin will demonstrate how to use the various accessories available and techniques required to make the most of this creative art. One thing is certain, you don't need a large workshop to enjoy this hobby - a small space or even the kitchen table will be adequate.

This is an interactive workshop, so you will be encouraged to have a go and your welcome to take your creations home.

Saturday 16th February
10:30am - 4:30pm

Cardiff Store - Woodturning Club Competition

Several woodturning clubs will be in-store, going head-to-head in competition with each other. Turners from each club will be tasked with turning a Goblet or Bud Vase in 45 minutes. The pieces will be judged and a prize awarded - who will win this year!?

The clubs will also display some of the best examples of their work. So if you’ve always wanted to find out more about woodturning or would like to join a club, this is the perfect opportunity to have all your questions answered and see a wonderful display of talent!

Saturday 23rd February
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Tool Care And Sharpening With David Kenwick

Join our in-store expert David, as he showcases our range of hand tools including; Veritas, Rider and Ultimate Edge.

From hand planes to spokeshaves and crosscut saws, there will be a huge variety available for you to try so you can test their performance for yourself. The day will also provide you with hints and tips on tool care and maintenance as well as advice on traditional sharpening methods.

March 2019

Friday 1st March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Logosol Four Sided Planer/Moulder With Stephan Parfitt

The Logosol PH360 is a robust 4-sided planer/moulding machine. Designed for the professional production joinery or construction workshop, its compact design takes up little space considering the vast range of tasks that can be carried out.

Come along to the store and see how the PH360 could benefit your productivity.

Sunday 24th March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cardiff Store - Stickmaking With Ian James

Ian is one of Britain's foremost stick carvers and hand carves unique animal and bird walking sticks. His work is featured in a number of books and publications and is widely collected.

Ian James is well known for his unique and brilliantly realistic carved animal and bird walking sticks. His work is featured in Andrew Jones and Clive George's book, Stickmaking A Complete Course. This is an opportunity not to be missed for anyone interested in this fascinating style of stick making

May 2019

Saturday 25th May
10:00am - 4:00pm

Woodturning and Finsihes WIth Hampshire Sheen Creator Martin Saban-Smith

Nationally recognised and RPT accredited woodturner, tutor and demonstrator, Martin Saban-Smith is in-store to provide an entertaining and varied showcase of his creative talents. Martin, who is also the creator and manufacturer of Hampshire Sheen wax and oil finishes, will demonstrate a variety of woodturning techniques and provide a practical guide to using texturing and colouring to enhance and personalise your next woodturning project.

This is a rare chance to see one of the UK’s most skilled and creative woodturners ‘up close and personal’ - see you in store!

Our newest store embraces the core Axminster values of quality & excellent service Stephan Parker (Deputy Manager) & Lee Parfitt (Manager)
Cardiff Store Manager and Deputy Mangager

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