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

The Art Parade

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth ran for 10 weeks from 8th July 2019 – 16th September 2019. How many Elmers did 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

10th October 2019

Bidders snap up a unique piece of art to be a part of something special that will leave a legacy for families across Plymouth and surrounding areas. On the evening of 9 October, 40 of the enchanting .... Read More

24th September 2019

One of the city’s best-loved charities is giving people a one-off opportunity to snap up a unique piece of art and be part of something special that will leave a legacy for families across Plymouth .... Read More

9th September 2019

Elmer's Big Parade Plymouth 2019 ends on 16th September It’s a wrap! Elmer’s Big Parade – Devon’s biggest public art event of 2019 – is coming to an end, but the mammoth mob is not going qu.... Read More

4th September 2019

News of Young Elmer raffle for St Luke's have taken the city by a storm.  Our official media partner Plymouth Herald and Plymouth Live are helping us spread the mammoth news. Pick up today's copy of.... Read More

3rd September 2019

Win your own Elmer the Elephant while supporting St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth One of Plymouth’s most loved charities is offering you the opportunity to take home your very own Elmer the Elephant .... Read More

16th August 2019

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth is in full swing. 40 large hand painted Elmers are dotted around the city and Mount Edgcumbe to fly the flag for St Luke’s with help from partners Wild in Art and Ander.... Read More

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