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 Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth trail map from all St Luke’s charity shops, including the Herd HQ from Thursday 4th July. To find your nearest, please use their store locator: www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/shops. We will be adding more Plymouth locations soon. You can also visit the Art Parade page to see a list of map locations.
– Tourist Information Centre
– City Bus Travel Shop on Royal Parade
Is there an app available?
Yes. The Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth app for iPhone and Android will be available from Monday 8th July. Visit the app page for more information. It’ll serve as your digital map and guide to all of our beautiful sculptures, including the 25 Young Elmers painted by local schools that form an educational trail in Mount Edgcumbe.
Unlock discounts, special offers, freebies and exclusive Elmer Plymouth competitions from our trail sponsors as you go.
Is there PDF map I can download?
Yes. You can download a PDF of the map from our Art Parade page.
How much does it cost?
The trail maps and app are completely FREE to ensure all can take part. If you’d like to say thank you to St Luke’s for bringing this trail to Plymouth (in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press), there is a donation button on the app. Any donations will be gratefully received and put towards providing outstanding care and family support not only in the hospice, but in patients’ homes too.
How long will it take to complete the trail?
We would recommend allowing at least 2 days to complete Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth. There are 40 large Elmer sculptures to find and a separate educational trail in Mount Edgcumbe with 25 Young Elmers to see.
The trail covers city centre, Barbican, The Hoe, Millbay, Royal William Yard with surrounding streets and Mount Edgcumbe. We find that a great way to do it, is to explore city centre and waterfront locations on one day and then Royal William Yard with surrounding streets and Mount Edgcumbe the next day.
If you’re local to Plymouth, you might want to break it down even more and stretch it over several days. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and picnic spots along the way so you can take breaks and rest your feet.
Where can I get merchandise from?
We have a very large selection of Elmer merchandise in HERD HQ (former Toys R Us building – Western Approach). Cuddly Elmers can also be found in all St Luke’s charity shops. Proceeds from the sales will go directly to the charity.
How can I buy one of the sculptures?
All 40 Elmer sculptures will be auctioned off in October to raise as much as possible for St Luke’s. If you’d like more details about bidding online or on the night, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m travelling to Plymouth, where can I stay?
There are lots of excellent accommodation options in Plymouth. Head to www.visitplymouth.co.uk to explore local hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cafes and to check out other events happening in the city during your stay.