Event information

This information was provided for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards, which took place on Wednesday 2 March 2016. Information for 2017 will be added soon.

Date and time

The awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday 2 March 2016. Doors open at 5.30pm. Seats will be taken from 6.15pm and the evening's proceeding will start at 6.30pm.

You can book your tickets for the awards alone, or for the awards plus our conference on the following day. Just click on the booking link and follow the instructions.

How to get here

We are based at:

The Backstage Centre
High House Production Park
Vellacott Close
Purfleet
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.

Free shuttle bus

We will be providing a shuttle bus service from the station, The Backstage Centre and local hotels. The shuttle will run at the following times on 2 March:

17:00-18:00: Shuttle service from Purfleet station to The Backstage Centre

21:45: From The Backstage Centre to Premier Inn, West Thurrock

21:45: From The Backstage Centre to Premier Inn, East Thurrock

21:45: From The Backstage Centre to Hotel ibis London Thurrock M25

There will be a minibus available at The Backstage Centre from 17:00- 22:00 to take guest back to the station as needed. We advise our guests to take advantage of this where possible rather than booking local taxis, as their availability cannot be guaranteed.

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.

From the hotel

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

Premier Inn Thurrock West SOLD OUT
Stonehouse Lane
West Thurrock
Essex
RM19 1NS

Premier Inn Thurrock East SOLD OUT
Fleming Road
Unicorn Estate
Chafford Hundred
Grays
Essex
RM16 6YJ

Ibis London Thurrock M25
Weston Avenue
West Thurrock
Grays
RM20 3JQ

For those staying overnight at any of the above hotels who are planning on coming to our National Conference the following day, we will be providing a coach service which will take conference guests to The Backstage Centre for 09:00 on 3 March. 

Please see conference event information for details of buses on 3 March. 

Parking

There is ample car parking 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

We would ask all guests to adhere to a ‘smart/elegant’ dress code.

Seating

Please note that the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards are a networking event, as well as a celebration of the fantastic skills and talent in the creative industries. We carefully design the table plans to ensure you get the most out of the evening; this means you may not be seated with the delegates you have booked with. If you would like to make a specific request to sit with friends or colleagues, please contact [email protected].