16-20 Middlegate, Newark NG24 1AJ
t: 01636 700 597

We are open

MON—FRI: 9pm–5pm
SAT: 9am - 5.30pm
SUN: 11am - 4pm

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Saturday Sessions take place in our jazz courtyard – don’t worry, originally it was an open courtyard but we’ve got a roof over it now so it’s like being outside but not!

The music starts around 3pm, but occasionally the band will start early if they’re ready. There are two sets, around 45 minutes a-piece, but again, depending on various things, the band may play straight through. Or they might play for 30 mins, grab some lunch and then finish with an hour+ second set.


Our aim is to provide jazz for jazz-lovers. As such, since the Saturday Jazz Session began, we have offered our seats on a first-come, first-served basis, with no charge.

However, after much demand, we now also offer the facility to reserve a table for your chosen event for the nominal sum of £10 per table (4 persons max). This guarantees you a spot at your chosen gig and the table is yours from 2:30pm until the end of the event. It’s up to you – either take a chance on the day, or guarantee your seat. Either way, all the gig information is on our separate Jazz Central website →

There are around 20 seats in the courtyard and a further 6 in the fireplace, the room overlooking the courtyard. Also there are around 10 seats available in the back of No.20, which has French doors that open directly onto the courtyard.

If you’re not as fussed about watching the music, or prefer it a little quieter, the music is mixed through a desk and played through our in-house PA throughout the whole building.

We look forward to sharing some great jazz with you this year.

Mat and the musicians at Stray’s.