This time, Ipswich’s art trail features 55 individually designed elephants, based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. 

At the same time, visitors can also meet the ‘Learning Herd’; 84 ‘young Elmers’, who are displayed in special locations all across town representing schools, youth groups and organisations.

To start your trail, you can either pick up a copy of the Parade Map and Learning Herd or download the app. Details of where to get your literature and how to download the app are available on the following pages:

Why Elmer?

  • 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of both St Elizabeth Hospice and Elmer;
  • Having sold over 8 million copies worldwide, Elmer is clearly a much loved character. We know from the generous support we receive from the local community, that the hospice is much loved too;
  • Elephants are associated with long memories. The hospice is a place where memories are made, and where people still come to remember loved ones;
  • In celebration of Elmer’s 30th anniversary, there will be two other Big Parades taking place around the country – and more trails mean even more interest and visitors.

So as you can see, we have a lot in common!

Once again, each Elmer is sponsored by a business and has been individually decorated by an artist, and on reaching the end of their Parade, will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.

As well as being a significant awareness and fundraiser towards the vital services offered by the hospice – the £200,000 raised in 2016 paid for one week’s care – Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk will attract thousands of visitors to Ipswich and contribute huge financial benefits to the local economy.