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A Wild in Art event in support of St Luke's Hospice.

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Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth is NOW LIVE! Maps are now available in stores and online! How many Elmers will you find?


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25 Young Elmers created by local children form an education trail as part of the wider Elmer’s Big Parade this summer.


Discover the Artists who painted our wonderful Elmer sculptures. There are 40 unique designs to find!

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth

Elmer’s coming to town and he’s bringing some new friends… For 10 weeks this summer a parade of 40 fabulously colourful, unique elephants will be taking you on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth and surrounding areas. From the hustle and bustle of the city streets to the peace and grandeur of the Hoe, Elmer’s Big Parade will navigate you around Britain’s Ocean City.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is working in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press to bring this mass participation, family friendly, art trail to life; featuring the much beloved children’s character of Elmer, by Devon born artist and author David McKee.

Each sculpture will feature a unique design created by some of our amazing local and national artists, both well-known and emerging. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore all the city has to offer whilst being enchanted, inspired and amazed by the sculptures themselves.

At the end of the summer each of the beautifully designed Elmers will be auctioned to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, to enable us to continue to provide our outstanding compassionate care.

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Latest News

19th July 2019

Hospices can only exist when they are supported by the local community. Elmer's Big Parade Plymouth is based around Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe and gives local people the opportunity to see some enga.... Read More

15th July 2019

Belvedere Room within Barrow Centre, Mount Edgcumbe - home to the Little Herd and our Educational Trail, will be closed to visitors on Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th July. Apologies if you were plan.... Read More

6th July 2019

When does the trail start? Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth starts on Monday 8th July and ends on Monday 16th September 2019 - that's 10 weeks! Where can I get a trail map from? You can pick up your E.... Read More

4th July 2019

A homegrown hero of the storytelling world, who has ignited the imagination of millions worldwide with his bestselling children’s books featuring fiction’s favourite elephant, is returning to Plym.... Read More

20th May 2019

Look out for the latest edition of OM Magazine!  We met with OM to give them an update on Elmer and the Big Parade Herd news. We are also making the final call for sponsors as the last few adorable s.... Read More

28th March 2019

When gifted local artist Colin Pethick learned of the opportunity to lend his talent to St Luke’s by painting one of the elephant sculptures for this summer’s Elmer’s Big Parade, it was an oppor.... Read More

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