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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 Sunday 4th September. But that’s not the end…after this the herd will travel around Northern Ireland. The Elmers will be stopping off for the weekend to say “Hello” in Ballymena, Derry/Londonderry, Newry and Enniskillen before coming back to Belfast for a final farewell event!

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

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

10th May 2022

Tesco NI is the latest local company to join our growing herd of sponsors for Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail.  The trail which kicks off on Jun 20th will see 70 Elmer sculptures, including the Learning Herd of wee Elmers placed a.... Read More

10th May 2022

There ‘paint’ no mountain high enough with Victoria Square and Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail! Victoria Square shopping centre is the latest local business to sign up as a Supporting Partner for Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail and.... Read More
Lauren Doherty from NI Hospice with Martina Madden from O'Niells mark the start of their sponsorship of Elmer's Big Belfast Trail

27th April 2022

Every school and youth group that have signed up to be a part of Elmer’s Learning Programme are now able to enter a competition to win a custom sports kit from our sponsor O’Neills!   O’Neills will not only provide you .... Read More

22nd April 2022

CastleCourt Shopping Centre has expanded its ongoing collaboration with Northern Ireland Hospice by choosing the organisation as one of its charity partners for 2022 and becoming a Supporting Partner for Elmer’s Big Belfast Trai.... Read More

5th April 2022

Dennison Commercials is totally on-brand for Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail this summer, as the transport dealer recently unveiled a special patchwork-liveried truck to announce its sponsorship of the event. Dennisons joins the gr.... Read More

29th March 2022

Rosario Youth Centre is the latest youth group to join the Elmer Herd and they didn’t have to think twice about signing up. The Youth Centre and Elmer share many similar values which makes it an elephant-astic combo! .... Read More
Ahead of Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail this summer, teacher Aisling Swindle tells us just how delighted her Tattygar Primary School is!

24th March 2022

“We are a small school where big things happen!” As excitement reaches mammoth levels ahead of Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail this summer, Principal Joanne McCaffrey tells us just how delighted her Tattygar Primary School is .... Read More

14th March 2022

Last week we hosted our Elmer Learning Inspiration Event at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. The event was for schools and youth groups who have signed up to Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail Learning Programme and allowed us to tal.... Read More
Belfast One joins Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail

25th February 2022

Belfast One is now an official sponsor of Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail. The trail will host a herd of uniquely-decorated sculptures inspired by David McKee’s best-selling books, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. The sculptures wil.... Read More
Dundela pupils support Elmer's Trail

23rd February 2022

The mammoth excitement for Elmer's Big Belfast Trail is really building, as proved by a colourful statement from pupils at Dundela Infants' School! Belfast’s biggest ever art trail of its kind will see a herd of uniquely deco.... Read More

Presenting Partners

Belfast City Council

Supporting Partners



Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Wild in Art

Elmer Sponsors



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