Elmer came to town and he brought some new friends who we hope you got to meet. But we promise they have packed their trunks yet!

For the last 10 weeks a parade of 40 fabulously colourful, unique elephants took us on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth and surrounding areas. From the hustle and bustle of the city streets to the peace and grandeur of the Hoe, Elmer’s Big Parade was a beautiful tour around Britain’s Ocean City.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth worked in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press to bring this mass participation, family friendly, art trail to life. It featured the much beloved children’s character of Elmer, by Devon born artist and author David McKee. Each sculpture featured a unique design created by some of our amazing local and national artists, both well-known and emerging. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore all the city has to offer whilst being enchanted, inspired and amazed by the sculptures themselves.

Now the trail has come to an end, each of the beautifully designed Elmers will be auctioned to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, to enable us to continue to provide our outstanding compassionate care.

But the mammoth mob is not going quietly.

In fact, there’s an ele-fantastic Farewell Weekend in store for the whole family to enjoy! From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October, Herd HQ in the former Toys R Us building at Western Approach will throw open its doors to welcome people keen to see the hefty herd all together under one roof.

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