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The Big Event - Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016 - 10am to 4pm

Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Held indoors over two days at Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn, it's your chance to see a range of vehicles available on the Motability Scheme!

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The Big Event - Northern Ireland, provides the perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability.

What's at The Big Event - Northern Ireland?

The event will host the UK’s largest display of vehicles available through the Motability Scheme, including:

  • Around 50 cars from 18 different manufacturers
  • Around 20 scooters and powered wheelchairs
  • Adaptations from a wide range of adaptation companies
  • A wide range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

You can also:

  • Test drive adapted and non adapted cars
  • Chat to our Motability advisors who are on hand to answer your questions
  • Meet our Scheme Partners - Kwik Fit, RAC and RSA Motability
  • Get advice from The Forum of Mobility Centres 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

Our free Event Guide will be available to download nearer to the event

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We've pulled together some handy information to help you plan your visit to The Big Event, Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Opening times

  • Friday 3 June 2016 Doors open 10am, event closes 4pm
  • Saturday 4 June 2016 Doors open 10am, event closes 4pm

Free refreshments

On arrival you’ll be given a token that you can exchange for a free tea, coffee or soft drink and there will be a range of hot and cold food available to purchase.

Event layout

Most of the displays at The Big Event will be indoors. To help you plan your day we will provide an event layout guide to download soon.

Free mobility scooter and wheelchair loan

We have a very limited number of scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow free of charge - these unfortunately cannot be booked in advance but will be available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

What's at the event for kids?

There will be a children’s entertainment area with free face painting, free balloon modelling and much more. Plus, you'll get the chance to meet our mascot, Billy the Motability Bear!

Dogs

Only assistance dogs are permitted at the events. Unfortunately no other dogs or pets are allowed. Please do not leave dogs in your car while you attend the event.

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Test drive adapted and non adapted cars at The Big Event, Northern Ireland!

You can test drive adapted and non-adapted cars, both as a driver or passenger to see which vehicles best suit your needs. The adapted cars are fitted with a wide range of different adaptations including hand controls, steering wheel balls, electronic brakes and left foot accelerators.

We have professional driving instructors that will accompany you on your test drive to help make you feel as safe as possible.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to test drive Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs). However, there will be lots of WAVs to see, experts on hand to answer your questions and you can arrange a home demonstration for a later date.

You will be unable to take a test drive if you have certain penalty points on your licence. Please view our full terms and condition Will download a resource(PDF 75KB) for more information.

To book a test drive, simply:

  1. Choose the car you would like to test drive
  2. Show the photocard part of your full UK driving licence to the test drive team
  3. Sign our Test Drive Declaration form on the day (this simply says you agree to our terms and conditions Will download a resource(PDF 75KB) and that you meet the test drive eligibility criteria)
  4. That’s it...you’re ready to take your test drive!

What cars can I test drive?

A full list of cars available to test drive will be available nearer to the event.

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We want to make sure that all of our visitors have a fantastic day at our event, that's why we do our best to make it as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Fully accessible venue

All areas of the venue and event are fully accessible to both scooters and wheelchairs.

Accessible toilets

We provide a large number of fully accessible toilets along with a toilet equipped with adult and child changing facilities.

Plenty of free accessible parking with shuttle service

There is lots of free accessible parking alongside the venue, take a look at the 'parking' tab for more information.

Friendly staff on hand to help

Our staff have one goal and that is to make sure you have a great experience at our event.  If you need any assistance just ask one of the team, they will be more than happy to help you.

Assistance dogs welcome

Assistance dogs are welcome at the event, however, any other dogs or pets are not allowed.  Please do not leave your dogs in your car while you attend the event.

Free scooter and wheelchair loan

We have a very limited number of scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow free of charge. These can't be booked in advance and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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We want to make sure that every visitor to The Big Event, Northern Ireland has a fantastic day and we know that accessible parking is one of the most important things. That's why we do our best to make sure you can park as easily as possible and get to the event without any fuss.

Golf buggy car park service

We provide a golf buggy service all day to help you get from the car park to the main entrance. If you would like to take advantage of this service, just look out for the pick up points dotted around or speak to one of our friendly welcome hosts in the car park.

Car park welcome hosts

Our welcome hosts are there to help you with any issues you may have in the car park.  From giving you a hand unloading your scooter to helping you to the entrance with an umbrella, or just having a friendly chat, they are there to help. You can't miss our hosts as they will be wearing bright orange coats. If you need any help, just ask!

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Venue address

Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Sprucefield, Halftown Road, Lisburn, BT27 5RE

By car

From the M1 Motorway:
Exit at Sprucefield, Junction 7. Exit onto Hillsborough Road, take A1 towards Lisburn. Take first left onto Blaris Road. Turn left onto Halftown Road. Entrance to Eikon on the right.

From the M2 Motorway / Belfast International Airport:

Follow the Westlink to M1 and exit at Sprucefield, Junction 7. Exit onto Hillsborough Road, take A1 towards Lisburn. Take first left onto Blaris Road. Turn left onto Halftown Road. Entrance to Eikon on the right.

From the Belfast City Airport:

Follow signs to Dublin on the Sydenham By-Pass, onto the Westlink and then M1. Exit at Sprucefield, Junction 7. Exit onto Hillsborough Road, take A1 towards Lisburn. Take first left onto Blaris Road. Turn left onto Halftown Road. Entrance to Eikon on the right.

From Belfast Docks:
Follow signs for Westlink and M1 Motorway. Exit at Sprucefield, Junction 7. Exit onto Hillsborough Road, take A1 towards Lisburn. Take first left onto Blaris Road. Turn left onto Halftown Road. Entrance to Eikon on the right.

By public transport

Bus service 325G services the venue. This bus service operates from Lisburn, Sprucefield and Hillsborough. Eikon is also only a short taxi ride away from Lisburn train and bus stations. The rail route offers access to travelers from all over Ireland with links running from Belfast and Dublin.

 

Need more information?

If you have any questions about The Big Event, please call our friendly event support team on 0800 953 7000 who will be able to answer any queries you may have.

Information for organisations wanting to exhibit at the event

Exhibiting at our events is by invitation only,  it is therefore not possible to request to become an exhibitor at any of our events.

Scooter and wheelchair loans

We have a very limited number of scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow free of charge. These can't be booked in advance and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that our visitors ask about the events.

What time does the event start and finish?

This event opens at 10am and finishes at 4pm.

Can I bring my dog/pet?

Assistance dogs are permitted at the events. Unfortunately no other dogs or pets are allowed. Please do not leave dogs in your car while you attend the event.

How much does it cost to get in?

Our events are totally free to attend.

Do I have to book tickets?

There's no need to book tickets, simply turn up on the day.

Do I need to pre-book my test drive?

We do not offer the option to pre-book test drives. These are offered on a first come, first served basis. Take a look at our test drive section for more information.

I have lost the invitation I received in the post, do I need it?

If you received an invitation in the post and you have misplaced it, don't worry! You don't need it to get into the event and you can simply complete a new prize draw form if you want to enter the draw.

I am a company/organisation and want to enquire about exhibiting at your event, is this possible?

Exhibiting at our events is by invitation only. It is therefore not possible to request to become an exhibitor at any of our events.