St. Oswalds-Elmer

Coming to Tyne and Wear

August 2019

In 2016, our streets, parks and public spaces were taken over by a pack of Great North Snowdogs, attracting over 670,000 visitors and bringing £16.5m to the local economy.

Next summer, in August 2019, an even bigger set of feet will be parading through our streets, parks and coastline – Elmer the Elephant’s ‘Great North Parade’, in support of St Oswald’s Children Hospice, is coming to town!

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Have you ‘herd’ what’s happening in Tyne & Wear in Summer 2019?

This stunning art trail made up of individually designed sculptures based on the much loved Elmer character will stomp its way across the region for 10 weeks from August to October 2019.  Brought to you by St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press the trail will raise awareness of and raise funds for the Children’s Hospice.  

Elmer’s Great North Parade will provide our region’s established and emerging artists with a brilliant platform for their talent.  The ‘little trail’ learning programme gives schools and children’s groups the chance to be a part of it.  Our businesses get involved through sponsorship and support in kind.  

Elmer’s Great North Parade features the little patchwork elephant from one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time. Written and illustrated by David McKee, Elmer was published by Andersen Press in 1989 and the brightly coloured patchwork elephant now features in a number of original stories, activity books, toys and on clothing.  

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Media resources

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You can also download our media pack to find out more about Elmer and his Great North Parade.
Click here to browse and download a selection of elmer images.