Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 14th July 2024
Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 14th July

Disability Awareness Day

Information and advice from over 250 exhibitors
Fun in the accessible Sports Zone
Come and try accessible Scuba Diving
See the Town Cryer start the show
Huge variety of equipment to look at

Disability Awareness Day - annually since 1992

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 show can expect to find over 200 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, a Performing Arts Marquee, Arts and Crafts Marquees, Silent disco, Centre Arena and family entertainment. Next year the show is on Sunday 14th July, it opens at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme.

About DAD

Have you ever wondered what DAD week and Disability Awareness Day are like behind the scenes? Read this fascinating first hand account from Dave Thompson MBE DL, the Co-ordinator of the event.

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focusing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. The show has three main aims:

As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!


Download a full colour poster with all the details of DAD 2023. Why not put it up in your workplace?

Take a look at the programme for 2023

You can browse through the programme in PDF format here (8MB).

Show Your Support for DAD2023

Download a poster to display.

Disability Awareness Day 2023 will take place at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Exciting news

Expanse Learning Group and United Utilities have both confirmed extending their support as Principal Sponsors for 2024

DAD needs YOU!

WDP are looking for volunteers to join DAD's Army and support the event. Stewards - to help assist with moving and shifting, car park duties, assisting exhibitors and general visitor support throughout the day (position open to over 18s only) Helpers - to assist in the Sports Zone, and for general support to the Stewards (position open to under 18s)

Volunteer here

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Get the news, the stories and the latest exhibitors with Dave Thompson's regular news email. Sign up here.

Show Sponsors and Supporters 2023

Disability Awareness Day is a real example of Partnerships in Action, and we would like thank everybody who supports DAD, especially our sponsors for their financial and in-kind contributions.

Joint Principal Sponsors

Expanse Learning

Corporate Sponsors and Supporters

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