About Us

About Us


Tindalls started life as a family run business (Tindalls & Son) in 1870 in the town o

f Newmarket, printing and selling sheet music. The business has constantly evolved overa period of time ever since, in order to move with the times and provide customers with their ever changing needs.

Our wide and varied retail product base now includes art supplies from all the major manufacturers as well as luxury gifts and an extensive range of stationery.

Art supplies are available by mail order, from our high street shops based in Colchester, Cambridge, Newmarket and Ely or on our website.

Our art supplies are easily transferred between our central warehouse and shops using our own van fleet, ensuring timely deliveries where items are not immediately available.

We are a Premier Art Centre for Winsor and Newton. Their art supplies include; artist quality oil, watercolour, gouache, acrylic paints and brushes, including the finest Kolinski Sable Series 7 watercolour brushes, which we hold in stock in practically every size.

We hold art supplies for students and professional artists alike, including a very comprehensive range of canvas’, boards and the easels needed to support them.

Our Cambridge shop has the largest range of art supplies, often described as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ and many of you who studied in the town will remember the site as the renound and much loved Heffer’s, from times past. Following closely behind, is Colchester by way of art supplies stocked. Newmarket and Ely have roughly half the stock levels but still a very good range, and both have an extensive supply of stationery!

Horses_in_the_High Street_c.1895Many of the major manufacturers have now centralised their European distribution, making it an ever greater challenge to hold the right stock levels of art supplies in order to dispatch orders as quickly as possible, keep a decent level of stock in our shops and not overstock the business.

The times when we could place a top up art supplies order and receive it a couple of days later are now long past. Please bear with us and be patient when we show our human side and get the timing wrong.

It is all very well having a large stock of art supplies but the vast range that exists can be quite daunting for new artists. We are blessed with good staff who’s years of experience and product knowledge of our art supplies range, are there as a resource for all. Perhaps you are an experienced artist who is changing media and would like some advice? We are here to answer all your questions and more than happy to help.

More craft orientated art supplies include ranges of Tulip 3D fabric paint, Snazaroo face paint and clay modelling. We also provide art supplies for glass and porcelain art, some of which can be fixed using oven baking to make them dishwasher safe.

Talking of safety, we have a wide range of art supplies and craft products completely safe for children, which include snazaroo and crayola.

Clock_Tower_end_of_High_Street_c._1890sIf you have read this far; then you get a gold star and you will realise that we are passionate about the business that we are I and the art supplies that we provide to our customers.

We always love to hear your feedback regarding our service and products, so please feel free to get in touch.