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Elmer's Great North Parade

21st August - 1st November 2019

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.

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.

About St Oswald's Children's Hospice

We care for babies, children and young adults with progressive, life shortening conditions from across the north east.

Our team of skilled staff provide residential short breaks to local families. Up to six children and young adults can stay at any one time in our relaxed, home-from-home environment.

They can enjoy a range of fun activities such as:

  • Sensory play
  • Music therapy
  • Arts and crafts
  • Baking
  • Trips out, e.g. bowling, cinema
  • Complementary therapy
Find out more about St Oswald's Hospice

St Oswald's Hospice

Elmer's Great North Parade

About Elmer's Great North Parade

Elmer’s Great North Parade has taken over Tyne and Wear from 21st August to 1st November 2019 with a spectacular art trail featuring individually designed elephant sculptures based on the much-loved Elmer character.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, written and illustrated by David McKee, remains one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time. The Elmer books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold over 8 million copies worldwide since it was first published by Andersen Press in 1989.

After the 11 week trail there will be a farewell weekend and an auction, where the sculptures will be sold to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Meet the big herd

Discover our 50 individually designed elephant sculptures, based on children's favourite Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, across the streets and open spaces of Tyne and Wear.

Meet the big herd

Meet the little herd

Discover 114 little Elmer sculptures, designed and painted by schools and youth groups from across the Tyne and Wear. They may be small but they make up for it in creativity, colour and cuteness!

Meet the little herd

Get the app

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!

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Get the map

Download a trail map or pick one up from a local vendor to help you navigate the trail across Tyne and Wear.

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Donate

Elmer's Great North Parade is organised by and raising funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice. By making a kind donation, you are supporting a charity with its roots in the North East community and are making a difference to families who see the hospice as a lifeline.

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Frequently asked questions

Is it free? Where can I pick up a trail map? How many Elmers are on the trail? What happens to the Elmers once the trail has finished? We've got all the answers to all your questions about Elmer's Great North Parade.

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