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The Big Event - NEC, Birmingham (Hall 18)

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May 2023
9am - 4pm

Don't miss our flagship event to see the largest display of vehicles available on the Motability Scheme. It's free to attend, with free parking and everyone's welcome. Come along to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring!

Visiting The Big Event

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

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    Over 150 cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) and adaptations

  • Motability Steering Wheel Icon

    The opportunity to test drive adapted and standard production cars

  • Motability Speakers Icon

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

  • Motability Free Parking Icon

    Free parking and a free tea, coffee or soft drink on arrival

  • Motability Wheelchair Icon

    Over 60 powered wheelchairs and scooters (PWS)

  • Motability EV Icon

    Electric Vehicle Info Hub

  • Motability Advisors Icon

    Motability Scheme advisors on hand to answer your questions

  • Motability Play Area Icon

    A children’s play area including a bouncy castle, face painting and much more...

What's on display

Click below to see who's exhibiting at The Big Event Birmingham. *

* These lists are subject to change.

Test drives

The Big Event offers a unique opportunity to test drive a wide range of vehicles, including standard production cars and vehicles fitted with popular driving adaptations. You can test drive both as a driver or passenger with a qualified driving instructor.

Speaker Sessions & The Big Event: Streamed Live

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Speaker Sessions

The Big Event welcomes a range of expert speakers to its event line-up every year. Guests will be able to attend several talks to find out more about the Motability Scheme including electric vehicles, information on WAVs and adaptations and much more. Each session will last approximately 20 minutes, with a chance to ask some questions at the end.

The Big Event: Streamed Live

For our guests not able to attend The Big Event, join our host Helen Dolphin, MBE as we will be live streaming all the Speaker Sessions PLUS exclusive live interviews, product demos and Q&As.

Watch on demand

You can watch all content from this year's The Big Event: Streamed Live right here on-demand.

Catch up on all the Speaker Sessions PLUS product demos, interviews and Q&As filmed live at the NEC.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Hub

Visit our Electric Vehicle Charging Hub, designed to be your one-stop-shop for everything charging.

Come and meet our charging partners 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, that's why we do our best to make our events as accessible and inclusive as possible. Here is some information that we hope will help you plan your visit.

Getting to the NEC (Hall 18)

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By Car

The NEC is clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav.
When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your sat nav anymore, look out for signs to The Big Event.

Free parking at the NEC - to access the free parking simply follow the signs to the ‘The Big Event’s designated car parks. These car parks are for our guests and are also the closest car parks to our event entrance. 

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By Train

Getting to The Big Event by train is easy, as 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. After 10 meters, on your left, you will 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

Jumping on a bus from Birmingham City Centre? You’ll want 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 clearly marked ranks outside the main entrances.

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