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A Wild in Art event in support of Heart of Kent Hospice.

Elmer promotes positive messages about inclusivity, courage and friendship. Get your school involved.

Local and national artists will create unique designs that bring colour, fun, and creativity to Maidstone.

Art Parade

From mid-June to end of August 2020 a herd of elephants will take you on a trail around the County town of Maidstone.

Partners & Sponsors

Thank you to all the businesses that have signed up to support our Parade. This event could not happen without their support.

Learning Programme

Elmer promotes positive messages about inclusivity, courage and friendship. Find out how your school can get involved.

Artists

Call for artists coming soon…
We’ll be after unique designs that add colour, fun, and creativity to Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade.

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Welcome to Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade. A spectacular free public art installation is coming to Maidstone in the summer of 2020.

Heart of Kent Hospice, working in partnership with Wild in Art, the UK’s leader in the production of spectacular mass-market, public art events and Andersen Press, a leading independent children’s publisher is delighted to be bringing David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer to life.

From mid-June to the end of August 2020 a herd of fabulously colourful and unique elephants will take you on a trail around the beautiful County town of Maidstone. The trail will incorporate Maidstone’s vibrant town centre, the stunning Maidstone River Park and some popular landmarks.

This mass-participation family event will feature up to 50 sculptures. Each sculpture will feature a unique design by some amazing artists, both well-known and emerging. The trail will appeal to young and old alike, and enables both residents and visitors to have fun exploring and be inspired and enchanted by the sculptures.

At the end of the summer each of the Elmer’s will be auctioned to raise funds for Heart of Kent Hospice, to enable us to continue to provide our outstanding hospice care to local families.

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7th May 2019

A spectacular, public art installation is coming to Maidstone in the summer of 2020, thanks to a collaboration between Heart of Kent Hospice, creative event producers Wild in Art and independent children’s books pu.... Read More

7th May 2019

Heart of Kent Hospice is delighted that Westerhill Homes, part of the award-winning, Kent-based property and construction company, Chartway Group, have pledged their full support of Elmer's Big Heart of Kent Parade a.... Read More

7th May 2019

On Wednesday 22 May Elmer visited Brookfield Infant School, Larkfield. Elmer was guest of honour for the day and the whole school were treated to story-telling time in their morning assembly. The children had been b.... Read More

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