Back in May, we attended the Motability Big Event in Manchester. These events are designed to bring together Motability scheme users, car manufacturers and dealers.

If you’re thinking of joining the scheme, or if you want to get a few ideas before choosing your new car, these one-day events are a must.

Motability Big Event – Manchester

We arrived at EventCity in Manchester and was pleasantly surprised by the number of free parking spaces for disabled visitors.

We were lucky enough to get quite close to the entrance, but even if we hadn’t, there were plenty of accessible buggies available to transfer people who parked further away.

Disabled Car parking at Motability Event

The venue itself is all on one level, flat, uncluttered, has a number of cafes and disabled toilets although be aware you need to have your own Radar Key to use them.

Disabled Toilet at EventCity Manchester

Guest of Honour

Before we bimbled around the show, we had the opportunity to sit down for a chat with Cherylee Houston (Izzy from Coronation Street) who was the guest of honour and officially opened the show.

Motability guest of Honour

Cherylee is passionate about access and was genuinely interested in what we’re doing on The Bimblers.

And from our point of view, it was great to talk to Cherylee and Lydia, her Co-Founder of TripleC.

TripleC is a collective of disabled and non-disabled creatives, focused on changing access to the arts for the next generation. You can find more details about the project on the TripleC website.

Cherylee and Lydia were so generous with their time and we ended up talking for well over an hour, discussing our mutual love of road trips, the wonderful town of Morecambe (Cherylee’s hometown) our medical conditions and everything in between.


The Event

I wrote about what was on at the show prior to visiting Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Big Event in Manchester and it didn’t disappoint. The show floor was spacious, well laid out, packed with shiny new cars, aids and adaptations to assist you when you’re driving and a range of mobility scooters and chairs.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Motability Information Centre

Accessible Event for People with Disabilities

Gowrings Mobility

WAV's at Motability Event

Mobility Dealers

Electric Wheelchairs

Lunch in a Campervan at Motability Show

Motability Bear at Event City

Don’t worry if you missed the Manchester event, Motability Events organise shows throughout the year with the next one in Harrogate.

Motability One Big Day – Harrogate

The next One Big Day event is at The Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Saturday 12th August. Admission is free and you can expect on the day:

Over 50 cars from 13 different manufacturers
Over 30 scooters and powered wheelchairs
Adaptations from a wide range of adaptation companies
Around 15 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

You can also:

Test drive adapted and non adapted cars
Chat to our Motability Scheme advisors who are on hand to answer your questions
Meet our Scheme Partners – Kwik Fit, RAC and RSA Motability
Get advice from Driving Mobility and Disabled Motoring UK

Plus, there’s:

A free hot or cold drink for every visitor
Children’s entertainment including Billy the Bear!
A chance to win an iPad mini in our free prize draw

If you can’t make it to Harrogate, Motability events also put on regional shows details here

All in all, Bridget and I really enjoyed Big Event in Manchester. It was really useful to be able to spend time chatting to the different car manufacturers and Motability dealers. If you get the opportunity to visit one of these events we’d highly recommend it.

Where would you like to go next:

How about these posts:

Wheelchair Friendly Days Out

Accessible Weekend Breaks