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
Essex RM19 1RJ
Directions by train
The nearest railway station is Purfleet, on the Southend to London Fenchurch Street line.
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.
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
Premier Inn Thurrock East SOLD OUT
Ibis London Thurrock M25
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.
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.
We would ask all guests to adhere to a ‘smart/elegant’ dress code.
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].