Elmer's Great North Parade by St Oswald's Hospice

Elmer's Great North Parade is organised by and raising vital funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, a charity providing care, love and support to babies, children and young adults with complex needs.

About the trail

Meet the herd

For 11 weeks, 50 big and 114 little individually painted elephant sculptures are taking over North East streets, parks and public buildings in the biggest and brightest art trail ever seen in the region.

Check out all the stunning sculptures online before you meet them in person on the trail.

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Using our specially created app, you can get together with friends and family to discover parts of the North East you never knew existed, while seeking out and unlocking each stunningly decorated Elmer - you'll also reveal some extra special rewards as you go!

Available to download now on the Apple Store and Google Play.

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Why we need your support

Every penny raised from the trail will allow St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice to be there for local young people, children and babies with incurable conditions.

St Oswald’s Hospice has to raise over £7.5 million each year to keep its doors open and its service free to those who need it. Its Children’s service offers short breaks and respite care to children with complex conditions and provides support to their families.

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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Great North Elmer Scavenger Hunt 2019

Event start date - 19 September 2019

Womble Bond Dickinson, Newcastle upon Tyne

Join the herd for a fun and interactive scavenger hunt on the Quayside, to raise valuable funds for St Oswald's Children Hospice.

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Great North Elmer Charity Speed Quiz

Event start date - 07 November 2019

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Join the herd for an exciting, challenging and interactive speed quiz hosted by Womble Bond Dickinson, Ryder Architecture and NBS to raise valuable funds for St. Oswald's Hospice.

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Elmer's Farewell Weekend

Event start date - 09 November 2019

Event end date - 10 November 2019

10am - 4pm

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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