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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

Join the Parade – become an Elmer artist.

Applications are now open until midnight 29 November 2019.

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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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Latest News

21st November 2019

On Wednesday 20 November pupils of Snodland C of E Primary School welcomed Elmer to the school with much, much excitement! To their delight, Elmer had a sleepover in the school hall and was waiting for them at sch.... Read More

21st November 2019

Heart of Kent Hospice has been inundated with support since it announced the exciting news it was bringing the first-ever art trail to Maidstone in the summer of 2020. Nearly fifty sculptures of Elmer the Patchwor.... Read More

18th October 2019

Elmer was invited to spend the afternoon at Tree Tops Primary Academy on Monday 16 September.  Karen Newton-Anker, Community Partnerships Fundraiser for Heart of Kent Hospice popped along, with Elmer to read at the .... Read More

15th October 2019

Haynes Ford presents Heart of Kent Hospice with the 4 x 4 Elmer Raptor Last Wednesday Elmer the Patchwork Elephant was out exploring Maidstone. Elmer was being photographed in various locations around the town as .... Read More
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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

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