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The Big Event and other disabled motoring events announced for 2020
Following last summer’s successful programme of events, The Big Event will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham on 3 and 4 July 2020. The flagship show houses the UK’s largest display of cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), powered wheelchairs and scooters for disabled people, with cars also available to test drive. In addition to the event in Birmingham, there will be five regional One Big Days taking place across the UK.
The 2020 disabled motoring events dates are:
• Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July, The Big Event at the NEC, Birmingham
• Saturday 6 June, One Big Day at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Northern Ireland
• Saturday 25 July, One Big Day at Westpoint, Exeter
• Saturday 15 August, One Big Day at Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
• Saturday 5 September, One Big Day at East of England Arena, Peterborough
• Saturday 19 September, One Big Day at Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
The events are free to attend, with free parking too. They offer disabled people and their families a great way to find out more about leasing a car, WAV, powered wheelchair or scooter through the Motability Scheme’s worry-free leasing package.
While The Big Event at the NEC is the largest show of the year, all the events have a wide range of cars on display as well as Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), adaptations, scooters and powered wheelchairs. There are also helpful Motability Scheme advisors to answer questions about the Scheme, as well as representatives from the Scheme partners, RAC, RSA and Kwik Fit. Information will also be available from Disabled Motoring UK.
Visitors can test drive adapted and standard cars with a professional instructor to help find out which vehicles are best suited to their individual needs. Test drives can be booked on the day – visitors simply need to bring along their full driving licence and choose a car to test drive.
Alison Beasley, One Big Day Event Manager, said:
“The One Big Day events have continued to be extremely popular and attracted nearly 20,000 visitors in 2019 and we’re excited to welcome even more people to the events next year. The Big Event at the NEC is our most popular show as there is plenty of room to not only showcase the largest display of products on the Scheme but to also host expert speaker sessions, provide visitors with an indoor scooter test drive area and the opportunity to discover what it’s like to travel in a passenger WAV for the first time.”
All visitors receive a free tea, coffee or soft drink and the whole family is welcome to come along. Children can meet the Scheme mascot, Billy the Bear, who is always happy to take selfies. There will also be free face painting and a kid’s play area as well as cafés, plenty of seating, and accessible toilet facilities. Ear defenders are available at all the events, and a sensory quiet room space can be found at each venue.
Find out more about The Big Event and the regional One Big Days online at motability.co.uk/news/one-big-day/ and for the latest announcements, pictures and videos, visit the Motability Scheme Facebook page (facebook.com/motability).
For more information on leasing a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme, visit motability.co.uk or call 0800 953 7000.