Equipment Exhibitions, Sport & Other Events
Click here to find out about SMA UK's upcoming events.
Click on each event to find out further details, along with any instructions for booking (where applicable) and who to contact if you have any questions.
This list gets added to and updated, whenever possible, throughout the year.
“Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy & Spinal Muscular Atrophy Young Adults’ Forum” - For Families, Carers and Health Professionals
When: Tuesday 17th September 2019
Where: Tollcross International Swimming Centre, 350 Wellshot Road, Glasgow, G32 7QP.
What: The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and Muscular Dystrophy UK, in partnership with Scottish Muscle Network and DMD Pathfinders, are inviting families and professionals to join them at this learning event. It's a good opportunity for patients, families, carers and health and social care staff to come together to meet.
MDUK's Trailblazers: Fun and accessible camps for young disabled people
When and where:
- Lake District from 20 to 22 September 2019
- Exmoor from 8 to 11 May 2020
- Kielder from 26 to 28 June 2020
What: Fun and accessible camps for those aged 18 to 30 who have a muscle-wasting condition, to get to spend a weekend away from home, make new friends, and to build confidence and independence. All camps are fully accessible, with the chance to have a go at zip-wiring, rock-climbing, sailing and more.
RISE 4 Disability events 2019
When and Where:
Maidstone: Wednesday 25th of September
What: These events, for both health professionals and members of the general public, are free to attend and have something for everyone. You can: find supporting charities and organisations; network with like-minded people, or colleagues and peers; find out more about research on new and existing products; attend conferences; listen to motivational speakers.
Disabled Living Exhibitions
- Kidz to Adultz North: Thursday 14th November 2019
- Kidz to Adultz Middle: Wednesday 4th March 2020
- Kidz to Adultz South: Thursday 7th May 2020
- Kidz to Adultz Wales & West: Thursday 2nd July 2020
- Kidz to Adultz Scotland: TBC
Where: Various locations throughout the UK
What: Organised by Disabled Living, these are five of the largest, free UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young adults aged up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and professionals who work with them.
Wheelpower Sports Events
When: Various dates
Where: Various locations
What: Wheelpower organise an annual programme of events for children, young people and adults, including: Primary and Junior Sports camps, Get Active camps, and National Junior Games.
Rare Disease Day
When: Saturday 29th February 2020
Where: All over the world!
What: Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of the day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. This year's theme is 'Bridging Health and Social Care'.
When: Various dates
Where: Across the UK
What: Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. They are both holding and attending a number of events throughout 2019.
When: 17th and 18th March 2020
Where: Gate 3, The NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT
What: Naidex is Europe’s biggest and most far-reaching trade and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with physical disabilities. Get your free ticket today!
Brighton Fringe - Freedom Season
When: TBC for 2020
What: The Freedom Season is a programme of more than 150 events that are accessible to a range of audiences with particular access needs, including those with visible and invisible disabilities. The season also showcases and supports the work of D/deaf, disabled and neuro-diverse artists.
When and Where: ‘The Big Event’ - TBC for 2020.
Other regional events still taking place throughout the year.
What: All the events bring everything available on the Motability Scheme together in great accessible locations, to make joining the Scheme as easy and informed as possible. They’re free to attend and include: a huge display of cars, WAVs, adaptations and scooters; opportunities to test drive adapted and non-adapted cars; Motability Scheme advisors available to chat to.
Disability Awareness Day
When: Sunday 12th July 2020
Where: Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington
What: Disability Awareness Day ("DAD") is the world's largest 'not for profit' voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington. Visitors to the free show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. Plus a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marqee and family entertainment.
Disabled Access Day
When: Returning in 2021
Where: All over the UK!
What they say: "In 2015, Disabled Access Day began as a day to celebrate good access and to create opportunities for people to try something new. The day was very much about highlighting the fantastic access that already exists in places, experiences such as going on a touch tour, enjoying a relaxed peformance, sensory experiences, signed events, level access and of course a warm welcome! Disabled People are encouraged having tried something new, or visited somewhere new, to share their story so that others can follow."
MDUK's Muscle Groups bring together the 70,000 people in the UK who are living with muscle-wasting conditions, health professionals and elected representatives.
There will be a Muscle Group meeting happening near you soon.
Page last updated: July 2019