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Partners and Sponsors

Thanks to all the businesses signed up as part of our parade.

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The search is on for 30 sociable, enthusiastic volunteers to join us as Trailmakers.

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Learning Herd

All our young Elmers represent local schools and youth groups.

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Fundraise for us

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Welcome to Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk!

Tons of Fun for Everyone!

From 15 June to 7 September, Ipswich is set to play host to an even bigger and better art trail than when the pigs went wild; this time featuring 55 individually designed elephants based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Visitors will also be able to meet our Learning Herd; 84 ‘young Elmers’, who will be popping up in special locations all across town.

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Members of the SAA and Elmer team

May 23, 2019

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk will be kicking off the big reveal and countdown to the first day of the trail at the Suffolk Show next week, on Weds 29 - Thurs 30 May.The Show takes place just two weeks in advance of t....Read more
1st Clare Beaver Scouts with their finished young Elmer

April 23, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Suffolk Scouts are once again supporting St Elizabeth Hospice’s next big art trail this summer.From 15 June to 7 September, the streets of Ipswich town centre and Waterfront will be ....Read more
Norman Lloyd and Richard Norrington reveal spot for IBS Elmer

March 27, 2019

Leading local financial institution Ipswich Building Society snapped up the opportunity to be Community Engagement Partner when the Elmer campaign was launched back in 2017, following the great success of their involveme....Read more
'Selfie' of Norman Lloyd and Elmer

March 16, 2019

In just three months’ time, 55 beautifully painted, unique sculptures will be brightening up the parks and open spaces of Ipswich town centre and waterfront as part of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, St Elizabeth Hospice....Read more
Tim Evans, Poundfield, and Norman Lloyd, St Elizabeth Hospice with Elmer and one of the concrete plinths

March 11, 2019

A Suffolk-based, market leading precast concrete manufacturer is making good progress in producing the 47 plinths upon which differently painted sculptures of the children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, will....Read more

March 07, 2019

It is almost as if we planned it… What good fortune that this year’s World Book Day falls on Thursday 7 March, marking exactly 100 days to go until Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk goes live!On 15 June, the 55 large ....Read more
Tigelephant - ready for painting

February 05, 2019

Leading financial services firm Scrutton Bland has joined Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk by signing up to sponsor an elephant sculpture in the art trail which takes place in Ipswich this summer in aid of St Elizabeth Hospi....Read more
(l-r) Nick Denny (EoE Coop), Norman Lloyd (SEH), Mark Millar (SEH) at the warehouse with the Elmer sculptures

January 10, 2019

More than fifty large Elmer sculptures and one hundred smaller ‘young Elmers’ have recently taken up residency in a warehouse generously loaned to St Elizabeth Hospice’s latest art trail campaign by local independe....Read more
Castle Hill school pupils and staff meet Elmer and Campaign Manager, Norman Lloyd

December 11, 2018

Elmer and his new recruit, Educating Elmer, paid a visit to Castle Hill Infant and Junior School in Ipswich to meet the pupils and say ‘Thank you’ for all the fundraising they are doing.Castle Hill have committed....Read more
Norman Lloyd, ready for the Matchmaker Evening

December 05, 2018

On Tuesday, representatives from around 50 Ipswich companies gathered at John Grose Ford’s showroom for the next major milestone in St Elizabeth Hospice’s Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk campaign – the Matchmaker Even....Read more


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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