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Partners and Sponsors

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

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Elmer on parade

There are 55 large Elmers to find in and around Ipswich; can you find them all?!

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Learning Herd

All 84 of our young Elmers represent local schools and youth groups.

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Fundraise for us

Find out how you can fundraise and support St Elizabeth Hospice.

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Welcome to Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk!

Tons of Fun for Everyone!

From 15 June to 7 September, Ipswich plays 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 can also meet our Learning Herd; 84 ‘young Elmers’, who are gathered in their herds in special locations all across town.

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Norman Lloyd with new sculpture, Hero

August 14, 2019

We are pleased to reveal a new treat for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk - our 56th sculpture, our very own 'emergency Elmer', Hero!Hero has been designed and painted by experienced trail artist, Mik Richardson, who has....Read more
David McKee

July 02, 2019

The Elmer team is thrilled to announce that the man behind Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, author and illustrator David McKee, is visiting Ipswich this week to celebrate the St Elizabeth Hospice organised art trail.201....Read more
Norman Lloyd with the Mayor and crowds at the official ribbon cutting

June 18, 2019

This morning, artists, sponsors and volunteers involved with Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk gathered on the Cornhill in Ipswich to mark the official opening of the St Elizabeth Hospice organised art trail.Norman Lloyd,....Read more
Last sculpture install - Norman Lloyd with Eleplant

June 15, 2019

It is official, Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is live!The Elmer team met logistics partner, Palletways UK, at 5am this morning to start the install, supported by trusty and dedicated volunteers, Graham Shemmings and P....Read more

June 11, 2019

With just three days to go until Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk hits the streets of Ipswich, residents and visitors got an early surprise this morning when the window at Coes department store on Norwich Road in Ipswich was....Read more
Norman Lloyd and Cllr Paul West launch the Learning Herd Guide at the Suffolk Show

June 04, 2019

The Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk campaign, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, kicked off its countdown to the trail at the Suffolk Show last week with all 84 young Elmer sculptures displayed together under one roof.As p....Read more

May 30, 2019

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk kicked off the big reveal and countdown to the first day of the trail at the Suffolk Show this week.The Show took place just two weeks before the official first day of the parade, when in....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

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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