Event information

This information is for the 2017 Awards Ceremony that happened Wednesday 1st.

Date and time

The awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday 1 March 2017. 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
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 Backsatge Centre to the station and hotels. The shuttles will run at the following times:

  • 9:30pm - 10:00pm: The Backstage Centre to Premier Inn, West Thurrock
  • 9:30pm - 10:00pm: The Backstage Centre to Park Inn
  • 9:45pm only: The Backstage Centre to 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.

From the hotel

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

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 2 March. 

Please see conference event information for details of buses on 1 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.

Dress code

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].