Event information

This information is for the 2017 National Conference that happened Thursday 2nd.

Date and time

The Conference doors will open at 9.00am on Thursday 2 March 2017 and will close at 6:00pm. 

How to get here

We are based at:

The Backstage Centre
High House Production Park
Vellacott Close
Essex RM19 1RJ

Directions by train

The nearest railway station is Purfleet, on the Southend to London Fenchurch Street line.

Trains usually run approximately every 30 minutes. For more information on train times, visit the C2C website or National Rail Enquiries.

Getting to and from the station/hotels

Free shuttle bus

We will be providing a shuttle bus service from the station, hotels and The Backsatge Centre. The shuttles will run at the following times:

  • 8:00-9:00am: Purfleet Station to The Backstage Centre
  • 8:15am only: Premier Inn, West Thurrock to The Backstage Centre
  • 8:15am only: Park Inn to The Backstage Centre
  • 5:00-6:30pm: The Backstage Centre to Purfleet Station

There will also be a minibus available throughout the day (8:30am - 6:30pm) to shuttle betweenThe Backstage Centre and Purfleet Station.


If you would rather do the final leg by taxi, please note that taxis should be booked in advance as there is no taxi rank at the station. Z Carz Express is one local taxi firm: 01375 383236.


The Backstage Centre is about a 15-minute walk from Purfleet Station.

By road

Important notice: due to road works in the area, traffic is likely to be busier than usual. We advise drivers to add 30 minutes on to your expected journey time.

Take the Purfleet Bypass exit at Stonehouse Corner Roundabout, and take the first left towards Carpetright. Keep left until you reach the car park between the Royal Opera House production workshop and The Backstage Centre.

For satnav, use the postcode RM19 1TT.


For ease of travel, we suggest that you stay at one of our recommended hotels: 

Premier Inn Thurrock West
Stonehouse Lane
West Thurrock
RM19 1NS

Park Inn By Radisson Thurrock 
High Road
North Stifford
 RM16 5UE


There is car parking available on-site. If you have any bespoke parking requirements, please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7015 1800.

Dress code

There is no dress code for the National Conference.