Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, a true family classic arrives at the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park this Spring, bringing a colourful sculpture trail to the Pleasure Gardens. 

Elmer the elephant at Petworth House

Elmer’s Art Parade is inspired by one of the world’s most widely read and loved children’s books, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant™ by writer and illustrator David McKee and can be explored by visitors from 27th May until 3rd September

The sculpture trail is a partnership between Wild in Art and Andersen Press and brings the iconic character of Elmer, whose stories explore and celebrate friendship and inclusivity, to life as he is recreated in ten large scale sculptures. Pick up a free trail map and explore your way through the colourful gardens, winding paths and ancient trees.

The sculptures have been individually designed, inspired by the work of famous artists from across the world including William Morris, Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, and JMW Turner.

Visiting for the whole summer, Elmer's Art Parade will lead visitors through Petworth’s gardens. The original classic, patchwork Elmer designed by David McKee will stand proud in the iconic eighteenth century stone Rotunda, presenting the perfect photo opportunity for Elmer fans. 

Joining the herd will be a JMW Turner-inspired Elmer, a homage to the famous artist who was a regular visitor to Petworth (19 paintings by the artist are on display in the house and are not to be missed). 

Elmer’s Art Parade launches on Saturday 27 May, coinciding with Elmer Day¹. Elmer’s arrival at Petworth will be celebrated with a day of crafts, storytelling and a meet and greet with Elmer himself.

2023 is a celebration of colour at Petworth House and Park, with a programme of colour-themed activities and events throughout the year. Drawing on its famous art collection and celebrating nature’s changing colours in the park and Pleasure Gardens, Petworth will offer new ways to experience this world-famous ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, and create moments of joy, curiosity, and inspiration.

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