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Art Trail

Come to Belfast and see our 30 uniquely decorated Elmers placed around the city for everyone to enjoy. Will you complete the full trail?


Get involved! We invite your company, employees and customers to be inspired and be part of the event.


We are looking for local and national artists to submit a design and make our trail unique.


Young Elmers will be popping up in special locations designed by local schools and groups.


Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail

Have you ‘herd’?

From the 20th June 2022 Belfast City will be brought to life by a herd of uniquely decorated, amazingly creative, elephant sculptures.  The free, family-friendly art trail – a collaboration between Northern Ireland Hospice, Wild in Art and Andersen Press, brings David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to life.

The uniquely decorated Elmer’s will be positioned around key landmarks, streets, and open spaces in Belfast for ten weeks until 31st August. Elmer and his friends will then travel to Antrim Castle Gardens on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September where you can come and see all the elephants together. A final Farewell Event will then take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September in Belfast.

The herd of Elmers will deliver a ton of fun and laughter this summer and attract local residents and visitors from far and wide to discover, and re-discover Belfast City, making art accessible to all.  Each Elmer is sponsored by a local business or organisation, making the trail deeply rooted in the local community

Visitors and residents can explore the city centre, parks and open spaces while following the Trail to discover all of the bold and eye-catching large Elmers.

The Trail also includes Elmer’s Learning Herd which is made up of 30 ‘Young Elmer’ sculptures, each designed and painted by local schools and youth organisations from across Northern Ireland.

We will also have one very special Elmer, designed especially for Northern Ireland Hospice to coincide with their celebrations for 21 years of care since the opening of the Children’s Hospice at Horizon House.

At the end of the Trail each of the Elmers from the art trail will be auctioned to raise funds for Northern Ireland Hospice. These funds will enable them to continue to provide outstanding care and support to local families when they need it most.


Latest News

26th July 2022

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail is well under way as the must do family fun day out this summer and we are delighted that KPMG have sponsored an Elmer sculpture, (Chess Elmer) for the duration of the trail. KPMG’s elephant, named.... Read More
Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail lights up the city with Power NI!

28th June 2022

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail has taken to the streets of Belfast for the summer and Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading electricity supplier, is another local business announced as a sponsor of the huge public art event, which l.... Read More
Foods Connected joins Elmer Herd

28th June 2022

Just before the start of the Big Belfast Trail, NI Hospice’s Corporate Fundraiser Shauny Shields and Elmer himself visited the brand new Belfast offices of his good friends Foods Connected, who have signed up as a sponsor for th.... Read More
Irish News joins Elmer's Big Belfast Trail

28th June 2022

The Irish News has announced NI Hospice as its Charity of the Year and unveiled its support of Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail! The free, family-friendly art trail launched recently with a herd of over seventy uniquely decorated .... Read More

21st June 2022

The Big Belfast Trail has officially launched to the public today [Monday, June 20th], as a herd of “elephant-astic” sculptures make a colourful splash by popping up in iconic locations, landmarks and open spaces throughout th.... Read More

21st June 2022

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail just keeps growing and growing with Ryobi Aluminium Casting UK as the latest local business to join the growing herd of sponsors for the event. Ryobi produces aluminium parts for the automotive industry.... Read More

21st June 2022

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail just keeps growing with Neueda the latest sponsor to sign up to join the herd. Neueda uses training to help organisations unlock their true potential and we’re hoping that their winning combination ca.... Read More
bob and berts elmer

9th June 2022

Northern Ireland’s leading coffee chain, Bob & Berts is set to bring excitement and joy to local children and families this summer as it’s the latest sponsor to join Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail! Bob and Berts has been a.... Read More

8th June 2022

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail just keeps growing with PwC becoming the latest sponsor to sign up to join the herd! The trail kicks off on 20th June and will see over 70 colourful Elmer sculptures, including our Learning Herd of .... Read More
Elmer Belfast Pinnacle announcement

27th May 2022

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail has scaled new heights with the announcement that Pinnacle, a provider of business management solutions, is the latest top ranking business organisation to become a sponsor of the huge public art event,.... Read More

20th May 2022

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council hosted a special Garden Party today [Friday 6th May] to celebrate 21 years of care at Horizon House, the In-Patient Unit within Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. The event was co-hos.... Read More

13th May 2022

NI Hospice is absolutely delighted to announce that U105 has officially signed on as the media partner for this year’s Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail! Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail is a collaboration between Northern Ireland Hospi.... Read More

Presenting Partners

Belfast City Council

Supporting Partners




Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Wild in Art

Elmer Sponsors


Foods Connected


Penny Black Club

Power NI

Bob and Berts

Aircon Panasonic



Victoria Square Belfast Logo

Victoria Square

Tesco NI


Dennison Group Logo

Dennison Commercials

Neueda Training

The Irish News

Belfast One BID

UU Logo

Ulster University

The Lost City Adventure Golf Logo

The Lost City Adventure Golf

O'Neills Logo - Elmer's Big Belfast Trail Sculpture Sponsor

O’Neills Sportswear

Elmer's Big Belfast Trail 2022