Event information

This information is for the 2018 Awards Ceremony, happening Monday 16 April.

Date and time

The awards will take place on the evening of Monday 16 April 2018. 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

The Lowry is based at:

Pier 8
The Quays
M50 3AZ

Directions by train

From Oxford Road station, walk up Oxford Road towards Deansgate, where you can board the Metrolink. From Piccadilly or Victoria stations, there will be clearly signposted Metrolink stations nearby.

Directions by foot/cycling

The Lowry is accessible by bicycle from Manchester city centre, and via various cycle paths across the city. For information on cycle routes from Manchester to Salford Quays visit loveyourbike.org. There are several walkways navigating the rejuvenated waterways of Salford Quays. The Lowry Footbridge offers access from Trafford Wharfside and provides spectacular views of The Quays.


Local taxi companies:

  • Salford Quays Taxis - 0161 660 6666
  • First Taxis - 0161 930 8888
  • 1010 Taxis (private hire) - 0161 793 1010

A taxi rank is also situated outside of The Lowry.


If you are attending the conference the next day and would like a room for the night, we suggest that you stay at one of our recommended hotels for ease of travel:

Copthorne Manchester 4* - 10 minutes’ walk
Clippers Quay
Salford Quays
M50 3SN
0161 873 7321

Premier Inn (The Quay House) – Less than 5 minutes walk
Basin 8
The Quays Loop
Salford Quays
M50 3SQ
0161 872 4026

Ramada Hotel, Salford Quays 4* - 10 minutes’ walk
17 Trafford Road
Salford Quays
M5 3AW
0161 870 7070

Premier Inn – 10 minutes’ walk
Waters Reach
Trafford Park
M17 1WS
0870 423 6450

Holiday Inn Manchester West – 5 minutes’ drive
Liverpool Street
M5 4LT
0161 743 0080

Radisson Edwardian Hotel 5* - 10 minutes drive
Peter Street
M5 2GP
0161 835 9929

Old Trafford Lodge – 5 minutes drive
Lancs County
Cricket Club
Old Trafford
M16 0PX
0161 874 3333

Holiday Inn MediaCity – 5 minutes’ walk
M50 2HT
0161 813 1040

HolidayInn Express – 5 minutes’ walk
Waterfront Quay
Salford Quays
M50 3XW
0161 868 1000


Parking spaces are available in the Lowry Outlet.  

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 sarah.laverty@ccskills.org.uk.

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