The UK’s largest display of cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs for disabled people, The Big Event, will take place for the first time at the NEC in Birmingham in July 2018.

Free to attend and featuring free parking, the Motability Scheme’s The Big Event provides a great way for disabled people and their families to find out everything they need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability. The exciting show will arrive at Birmingham’s NEC on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July 2018.

The Big Event is the flagship show in the season of popular Motability Scheme hosted events taking place throughout the summer, and offers the widest range of cars on display and available to test drive. In addition to the two-day event at the NEC in Birmingham, there will be four more regional events taking place across the UK.

The 2018 Motability Scheme events:

  • Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June, The Big Event at Eikon, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
  • Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July The Big Event at the NEC, Birmingham
  • Saturday 28 July, One Big Day at Westpoint, Exeter
  • Saturday 11 August, One Big Day at Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
  • Saturday 8 September, at One Big Day at Peterborough Arena, Cambridgeshire

Over the past decade these informative events have supported over 120,000 disabled motorists to find out more about the Motability Scheme and the worry-free way to lease a car, powered wheelchair or scooter.

While The Big Event at the NEC is the largest show of the year, all One Big Day events have a wide range of cars on display including Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles. adaptations, scooters and powered wheelchairs. There will be helpful Motability Scheme advisors at every event 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 non-adapted cars with a professional instructor to 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.

All visitors receive a free tea, coffee or soft drink and the whole family is welcome at the One Big Day events. 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 Motability Scheme One Big Day events, and sensory quiet room spaces can be found at each venue.

Alison Beasley, One Big Day Event Manager at Motability Operations Ltd, said:

“The One Big Day events are incredibly popular and attracted over 20,000 visitors in 2017, and we’re excited to meet lots more people when we head to the NEC in Birmingham for the first time in 2018. The NEC is a great venue and we hope it will provide an ideal opportunity for many disabled people and their families to find out about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme”

“There will be opportunities to gather information and advice, see a wide range of vehicles, and take a test drive, all in one place.”

Find out more about the One Big Day programme online at and for the latest announcements, pictures and videos, visit the Motability Scheme Facebook page (

For more information on leasing a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme, visit or call 0800 953 7000.