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Learning Herd

Could you be part of the Learning Herd – and win a big Elmer of your own?!

Schools and youth groups in Suffolk are invited to be inspired, get imaginative and celebrate the uniqueness of Suffolk in the biggest art event ever to take place across the region.

Next summer, in addition to 50 large Elmer statues that will be parading around Ipswich, the town will also become a playground for a whole herd of young Elmers keen to join in too.


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As part of the Learning Programme, each school or youth group that pledges to raise £750 for the hospice will be given a blank ‘young Elmer’ sculpture to design, decorate, display, and then keep for themselves.

In addition, they will also be entered into a competition where the top fundraisers will win a full size Elmer sculpture of their own to keep. The winner will be based on fundraising per head which means even the smallest groups and schools have the chance to win!

In addition to the sculpture itself, fundraising groups will also receive a free Elmer big book and a learning programme resource pack integrated with Key Stage 1 and 2, containing a resource booklet including classroom guides, lesson plans, fundraising support and health and well-being suggestions.

Elmer promotes positive messages about inclusivity, courage and friendship and it is hoped our herd of ‘Young Elmers’ will help to create a sense of unity among the young people of Suffolk.

If you are part of a group who would like to take part in this way, download our Learning Programme brochure to find out more, or complete and return the order form to reserve your young Elmer straight away:

Learning Programme brochure Learning Programme order form

For more information or if you have any questions, please email info@elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk

Don’t just take our word for it…

Brian Harvey, ACC Youth Programme, Suffolk Scouting

“Pigs Gone Wild was a fantastic opportunity to help celebrate the Suffolk Beavers 30th Birthday. It brought Beavers from across Suffolk to Ipswich to paint, explore the trail and have fun with friends supporting the wider community.”

Jane Ryder, Sidegate Lane Primary School

“Pigs Gone Wild was a project that united our school community, from designing, to painting, to visiting on the trail – everybody had a chance to be involved in creating the Sidegate pig. Hamlette is now a well-loved character in the school. Currently residing in the library, she gets regular hugs from the children.

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk - A Wild in Art event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk – A Wild in Art event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice