After the success of last year’s autumn event the Western Freelance Branch is proud to announce its latest summer event, to be held this year in the Lecture Theatre at the Create Centre, Bristol, on the 6th June 2013 from 10:30 to 16:30.

This event is open to all BECTU members and to non-members who want to see what BECTU can do for them. It is a chance for old friends and colleagues to catch up as well as to make new contacts and talk about the current industry issues.

All the speakers and suppliers are local to the South West, as the best way to help ourselves through this difficult economic time is to help each other.

Visual Impact will be bringing equipment to demo throughout the day.

The event is free – book your place at

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Question and answer session – Creative Skillset

A look at how Creative Skillset can help freelancers in the creative sector, and how the bursary system works. Speaker: Matt Basham


Geo crewing –

A look at a local crewing website that looks at crewing from a green perspective. Speaker: Eric Huyton


Drone cameras – Yoho Productions


The packed schedule for this informative event is as follows:

  • 10:30 Registration with tea and coffee
  • 11.45 Welcome
  • 11:50 Q&A session with Creative Skillset
  • 12:30 Refreshements/cakes and networking
  • 13:00 Western Freelance Branch meeting (free lunch in the canteen)
  • 14:00 Seminar from Yoho productions
  • 15:00 Networking
  • 16:30 Event ends


Getting there* there is very limited parking at the Create Centre. As an environmental centre we positively encourage other forms of transport. If you must come by car, please allow plenty of time to park as you may have to park slightly away from the centre.

The Create Centre is in one of the three large red brick warehouses in Cumberland Basin, halfway between Clifton Suspension Bridge and the ss Great Britain.

On Foot: The city centre is only 1.8 miles away, a pleasant 30 minute walk along the docks. Temple Meads railway station is about 2 miles and Broadmead bus station 2.5 miles.

By bike

Visit for bike route maps.

From the city centre the Festival Way cycle track runs alongside Cumberland Road (riverside) to Create and on to Long Ashton.

From Bedminster the cycle track crosses Greville Smyth Park, crossing the old railway bridge and on to Create.

From Pill the cycle track runs along the old railway track, under the suspension bridge and over the old rail bridge and on to Create.

Plenty of cycle parking is provided inside and outside the building and showers and lockers are available for visitors

By bus

The 506 bus operated by Wessex Connect runs to Create along Cumberland Road.  Its circular route runs from Southmead via Eastville, Old Market, Broadmead and includes a stop Temple Meads Railway Station.

At the station board the bus at stop Ta for journeys to Create (the return journey drops off at the bottom of the station approach by the Isambard Brunel pub).  Buses run approximately every 30 mins.  Please check  or for latest timetable information.

The 505 Wessex Connect bus stops at Merchants Road, Hotwells.    This service runs from Southmead to Bower Ashton via Redland and Clifton and Hotwells.

A number of out of town bus services run regularly from Broadmead bus station and   the city centre along Hotwell Road, stopping just before Junction Lock Bridge.  These are to Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea numbered X1 or 300 numbers

For full details of the bus timetables and routes, call TRAVELINE South West on 0871  200 22 33 or go to

By train

Temple Meads railway station, serviced by trains from across the country, is situated around two miles from Create. To get to Create from Temple Meads: Catch the 506 bus to Create, every 30 mins (Mon-Sat, not public holidays) Approximately 45 minute walk

Hire a taxi

By ferry

Bristol Ferry Boat Company runs reliable timetabled ferries to and from the Create  Centre (Nova Scotia landing stage on Hotwells ferry).

Catch the ferry direct to Create from the city centre and SS Great Britain. Ferries from  Temple Meads change at the city centre.

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