Sponsors and Partners

We invite your company, employees and customers to join the Parade.

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Learning Programme

A herd of mini Elmers will take over Tyne and Wear – you can be part of it!

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The call for artists has now closed.

If your design is selected, we will let you know by the end of May 2019.

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What is Elmer's Great North Parade?

From August – November 2019, Tyne and Wear will welcome a spectacular art trail which will be tons of fun! Elmer’s Great North Parade will feature over fifty individually designed Elmer the Patchwork Elephant sculptures. The art trail will be our second, following the wonderfully colourful and joyous world of Great North Snowdogs in 2016.

Elmer's Patchwork Parade

Event start date - 06 July 2019

Event end date - 06 July 2019

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Be part of the herd and join in the fun at our colourful, family fun Parade. Take an exciting stomp of discovery through Saltwell Park and meet Elmer and some of his friends along the way! You’ll raise funds to support St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice and receive an exclusive Parade wristband.

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Patchwork Positivity Workshop

Event start date - 13 July 2019

The Thought Foundation

10am-2pm Play with fabrics, explore positive messages, collage materials and create art in The Thought Foundation's Patchwork Positivity Workshop - inspired by St Oswald's Great North Elmer art trail. Suitable for all ages, no booking required and free of charge.

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Elmer at Sunderland Airshow

Event start date - 26 July 2019

Event end date - 26 July 2019

Sunderland Airshow

Come and meet Elmer ahead of Elmer's Great North Parade and get your BIG Elmer Raffle Tickets for the chance to take home the sculpture at the end of the art trail.

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Elmer’s Great North Parade

Event start date - 21 August 2019

Event end date - 01 November 2019

Across Tyne and Wear

From August – November 2019, Tyne and Wear will welcome a spectacular art trail which will be tons of fun! Elmer’s Great North Parade will feature over 70 large and 100 small individually designed elephants based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the patchwork elephant.

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Elmer's Farewell Weekend

Event start date - 09 November 2019

Event end date - 10 November 2019

Newcastle Racecourse

Join us for a weekend of ele-fantastic fun as we wave off our beautiful elephants in style. All our little and big Elmers will be there to enjoy the party and say goodbye to their ele-fans before they are sold at auction or returned to their schools.

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The Big Elmer Auction

Event start date - 12 November 2019

Event end date - 12 November 2019

This is your chance to own your very own large Elmer, as our herd go under the hammer at Sage Gateshead to raise funds for St Oswald's Children’s Hospice.

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