Frequently Asked Questions

What is Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail is a free family-friendly public art trail which will feature over 70 amazingly creative and uniquely decorated elephant sculptures across Belfast City centre this summer from 20th June – 31st August.

Each sculpture is a different take on David McKee’s popular children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail is organised by the Northern Ireland Hospice in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press. The trail is in aid of NI Hospice and is part of its celebrations to mark 21 Years of Care at Children’s Hospice, Horizon House.

 

Where will the trail take place?

Elmer will be popping up at locations all across Belfast, from City Hall to Queen’s Quay, CastleCourt, Donegall Arcade, Grand Opera House to Victoria Square, Lanyon Train Station to the Waterfront Hall and Titanic Quarter. The sculptures will be appearing all over the city in a blaze of creativity!

 

Is it free to enjoy the Big Belfast Trail? 

Yes! The trail is free to everyone, it is publicly accessible, with additional associated events such as interactive fun workshops in Elmer HQ. It will prove an unforgettable event for Northern Ireland – so get ready to have some fun and explore!

 

How many Elmer’s are on the trail?

The Trail includes 36 large outdoor sculptures as well as 34 ‘Wee’ Elmers that have been created by schools and youth organisations.

 

How can I find the sculptures and follow the trail?

To find all the sculptures download our Elmer’s specially created App, ‘Elmer Belfast’ or collect a copy of the official trail map from our Elmer HQ at Castlecourt or Visit Belfast.

 

How do I download the Elmer Belfast App?

The App can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by visiting https://www.elmerbelfast.co.uk/app/ or by searching for Elmer Belfast in the App stores.

 

Where is the Elmer HQ located?

The amazing Elmer HQ is located on the first floor of CastleCourt Shopping Centre in the city centre on Royal Avenue, Belfast. There you will be able to visit us and enjoy a unique Elmer shop and community space, chat to us about the trail, buy your souvenirs of Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail and connect with our Elmer volunteers to make sure you are making the most of the trail while it is in town.

 

Is there a suggested route for walking the trail? 

No, it’s entirely up to you how you decide to the complete the trail! You might want to take a few weeks to visit all the different Elmers, planning out your trail route, strolling around, having lunch, taking in the local area and cityscape surroundings. Or you could dedicate a weekend to completing the trail. Or the ultimate challenge – if you are feeling really energetic, you could take in all the Elmers in just one day!  We’ve estimated the trails is about 6 miles long.

 

I’ve spotted an Elmer that has been damaged. How should I report it?

Please send us a message, ideally including a photo, either via social media or email elmerbelfast@nihospice.org.

 

Should I start the trail on a particular place?

You don’t need to start in a particular place or complete the trail in a certain order. The trail is designed so you can see any of the Elmer’s whenever you like, however please check the opening times of any venue you wish to visit if the Elmer is located inside.

 

What happens to the Elmer’s once the trail is finished?

Once our Elmer sculptures have finished their Parade Belfast, you’ll have one last chance to see the beautiful herd in all of their glory at Elmer’s Farewell Weekend at Antrim Castle Gardens on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September.  A final Farewell Event will then take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September in Belfast, the venue is to be confirmed. The sculptures will be then sold at The Big Elmer Auction on 5th October – more details will follow.

 

How much does Hospice hope to raise from Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail

It takes nearly £20m to run Northern Ireland Hospice & Children’s Hospice, the aim is for the trail to raise more than £250,000 to help the charity care for babies, children and adults across Northern Ireland who have life-limiting conditions.  Every donation helps.

 

Still got questions? We’re all ears…

Email us at elmerbelfast@nihospice.org if you require additional information about the trail!

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