Elmer in Plymouth
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Where to find Elmer’s Big Parade in Plymouth

Something firmly fixed on our 2019 Devon summer bucket list is Elmer’s Big Parade in Plymouth. This family-friendly art trail around the seafront city in South Devon is just the thing to get kids out exploring. Plus it’s in aid of an incredible cause, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Here’s everything you need to know about taking part in the trail, where to get an Elmer’s Big Parade trail map, and how it’s going to make a difference here in Devon.

Why Elmer is coming to Plymouth, Devon

Elmer Elephant and Artist Dr Brian Pollard at Boringdon Primary School, Plympton.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth – Elmer Elephant and Artist Dr Brian Pollard at Boringdon Primary School, Plympton.

Did you know that Elmer the Elephant was created by Devon-born artist and author David McKee? Here at Tin Box Towers we think his books are great fun. I’m a particular fan of Elmer in the Snow and have been reading this one to the girls for years.

We’re also fans of treasure hunts and activity trails – we loved the Dartmoor Moor Otter trail in 2017. So it goes without saying that I think the idea of combining this colourful patchwork elephant with an art trail is a genius idea.

Even better, once the 10 week Elmer art trail is over each of the 40 elephants will be auctioned off in aid of St Lukes, which does truly wonderful work providing end of life care for local people. Find out more in this video:

You can also see Elmer’s Big Parade in Suffolk and Tyne & Wear this summer.

The Elmer’s Big Parade art trail in Plymouth

Each of the 110cm tall Elmers has been designed by local and national artists, and is totally unique. During the trail, from 8 July to 13 September 2019, they will be dotted around Plymouth in locations like The Hoe, in the city centre and its outskirts. Keep an eye on the Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth website for more information about how to find Elmer and take part.

Where can you get an Elmer Big Parade trail map?

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth trail maps are available from all St Luke’s charity shops, including the Herd HQ at the former Toys ‘R’ Us building at Western Approach in the city centre. You can also download the Elmer app.

After the trail there will be a special weekend when all of Plymouth’s Elmers will be brought together so you can see them one last time. This will take place from 4 to 6 October, 2019, followed by the charity auction on 9 October 2019.

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