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Birmingham, The NEC (Halls 17 to 19)

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2024
9am to 4pm

Don't miss our flagship event - The Big Event, Birmingham, to see the largest display of vehicles available on the Motability Scheme. It's free to attend, with plenty of accessible parking and everyone's welcome.

Visiting The Big Event

Take a look below to see what's on offer at The Big Event, Birmingham.

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    Over 160 cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) and adaptations

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    The opportunity to test drive adapted and standard production cars including electric vehicles

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    Expert speakers giving talks on the Scheme and other motoring related topics

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    Over 70 scooters and powered wheelchairs

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    Electric Vehicle Information Hub

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    Motability Scheme advisors on hand to answer your questions

What's on display

See below who is exhibiting at The Big Event, Birmingham

* These lists are subject to change.

Test drives

The Big Event, Birmingham offers a great opportunity to test drive a wide range of vehicles, including Electric Vehicles. There will be standard production cars and vehicles fitted with popular driving adaptations available to try. You can test drive as a driver or passenger with a qualified professional drivers. 

Speaker sessions at The Big Event

Helen & Mark

Great speaker line up for 2024

Covering everything from latest Scheme news, the journey to electric, adapted vehicles and even Strictly Come Dancing!

Special guests include Scheme customers Steve Brown a BBC TV presenter, Journalist and disability influencer Lucy Edwards, World Champion table tennis play Will Bayley MBE PLY and Mark Ormrod MBE former Royal Marine, Invictus Games athlete.

Live Stream

The Big Event: Streamed Live

If you are not able to attend the event the good news is you can live stream all the speaker sessions and more from home.

Helen Dolphin MBE and Mark Ormrod MBE will be your hosts sharing excusive live footage from around the halls.

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EV Information Hub

Visit our EV Information Hub, designed to be your one-stop-shop for everything EV.

Come and meet our charging partner Ohme to get your questions answered, see charging demonstrations, and discover the latest EV app technology available.

Plan your day

We want to make sure that all visitors to The Big Event have a fantastic day, we do our best to make our events as accessible and inclusive as possible. Here is some information to help you plan your visit.

Getting to the NEC (Halls 17 - 19)

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By Car

The NEC is signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - the postcode is B40 1NT.

When you arrive at the NEC, look out for signs to The Big Event and continue to the designated car parks. These car parks are free for our visitors and are also the closest car parks to our event entrance. 

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By Train

The NEC is located less than a ten-minute walk from Birmingham International Railway Station.

A free shuttle bus will be running to and from Birmingham International Railway Station and The Big Event in Hall 18. To access the shuttle bus, simply turn right after the station barriers and head towards the NEC entrance. You will then see a sign for The Big Event shuttle bus. There is a lift here, which will take you down to the bus stop. The shuttle bus will then take you to Entrance 3, close to Hall 18. The return journey will run from here back to the station. There will be a sign for The Big Event shuttle bus outside Entrance 3 to show the exact pickup point. The buses will run every 15-20 minutes.

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By Bus

If you are travelling from Birmingham City Centre, you will need to take the X1 service (every 15 minutes) or the 97A (every 30 minutes). Local services also run from Solihull (966) and Coventry (900).

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By Taxi

The NEC have teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7.

You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729. Alternatively, pick one up at the marked ranks outside the main entrances.

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