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.
Please note: due to the coronavirus, many events have been cancelled or postponed. We do our best to keep this page as up-to-date as possible but please check individual websites for further information.
This list gets added to and updated, whenever possible, throughout the year.
Rare Disease Day
When: Sunday 28th February 2021
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.
- 18th and 19th March 2021 (virtual)
- 15th and 16th September 2021 - at the NEC, Birmingham
Where: NEC, Birmingham
What: Naidex is Europe’s most established event for supporting independent living, showcasing wide-ranging solutions to improve mobility and accessibility, the latest innovations and tech, and explores the future of digital and physical accessibility. The event is for anyone who is living with a health condition or impairment, as well as anyone caring for or supplying to this community. Their event features suppliers, seminars and panels, and a host of interactive features - this year there is also a section dedication to disabled children.
Disabled Living Exhibitions
- Kidz to Adultz North: Wednesday 17th November 2021
- Kidz to Adultz Middle: Thursday 22nd March 2022
- Kidz to Adultz South: Tuesday 17th May 2022
- Kidz to Adultz Wales & West: Thursday 7th July 2022
- Kidz to Adultz Scotland (held every 3 years): September 2022 (TBC)
Where: Various locations throughout the UK or as a 'Venue to Virtual' event
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.
Disability Awareness Day
When: Sunday 5th September 2021
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.
Mersea Island Festival
When: August 2022
Where: Mersea Island, Essex
What: The Mersea Island Festival brings together children, young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability. The Festival provides an opportunity to try out new activities, make new friends and have fun!
Wheelpower Sports Events
When: Various dates
Where: Various locations or virtual events
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.
When: Currently on hold due to coronavirus - some virtual events available
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.
When and Where: TBC - Covid-dependant
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.
Disabled Access Day
When: No 2021 events due to Covid - check their website for news of future events.
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 at some point in the future - currently on hold due to Covid.
Page last updated: May 2021