More than 3,500 disabled motorists, carers and their friends and families attended The Big Event Northern Ireland at the Eikon Exhibition Centre on 1-2 June 2018. The event, hosted by the Motability Scheme, marked the start of a summer of events and took place alongside Northern Ireland’s largest Disability Exhibition.

Visitors explored a showcase of over 65 vehicles from leading manufacturers including Ford, Vauxhall and Hyundai, plus, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) and a range of vehicle adaptations and scooters.

The Big Event event provided a unique opportunity to test drive a variety of cars and adaptations, with more than 270 visitors taking to the wheel with a professional driving instructor. Test drives gave guests the chance to experience which vehicles might best suit their individual mobility needs. Visitors had the option to test drive the cars themselves, or experience the car as a passenger.

Visitors to the event were also able to talk to Motability Scheme advisors and gather useful information from Scheme partners – Kwik Fit, RAC and RSA Motability – as well as advice from Driving Mobility and Disabled Motoring UK. Fun for all the family, free children’s entertainment saw lots making the most of the bouncy castle, getting their faces painted and taking selfies with the Motability Scheme mascot, Billy the Bear.

Alison Beasley, The Big Event organiser, Motability Operations Ltd, said:

“This was the third time we’ve brought The Big Event to Northern Ireland and we’re thrilled that it was such a successful return for us. It’s great to see so many people making the most of their chance to find out all there is to know about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme and finding the perfect mobility solution for their requirements.”

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