Canonteign Falls has been chosen as a lucky host of travelling Elmer the elephant on the 18th-22nd April when visitors will be welcomed to meet this lovable story book character. In celebration of Elmer the Elephant turning 30 yrs old, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth is bringing Elmer the patchwork elephant – created by Devon-born author and artist David McKee– to Plymouth for Elmer’s Big Parade, 30 years since Andersen Press first published the Elmer story. As part of this parade one of these colourful elephants travels to areas outside of Plymouth to help raise awareness of the campaign in Plymouth over the Summer.
For 10 weeks over the summer 40 unique elephant sculptures, each painted by an established or emerging local artist, in conjunction with Wild in Art, will form a trail that aims to attract new visitors to Plymouth, curious to see what Elmer is up to, and encourage residents to explore areas they might not have ventured to before. By doing this the project hopes to raise awareness of the great work St Luke’s Hospice carry out within the community. At the end of the summer each of the beautifully designed Elmers will be auctioned to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.