I've finally gotten around to contacting the hotel about Connotations. Hope they've got rooms left. If they haven't - would anyone else who's going want to share with me?
Megabus are currently taking books up to Sunday October 5th. So I can book a journey *to* Connotations through them, but not the return journey. And rather annoyingly, their train service (which was v useful when visiting blazingskies the other week) doesn't go as far as Newcastle, so it's a rather lengthy coach journey... Mmf.