Elmers Big Parade Suffolk

#Tons of Fun for Everyone

Francesco Hair Salon are delighted to be one of the Official Sponsors of Elmers Big Parade Suffolk, a Wild In Art Event in support of the amazing St Elizabeth Hospice. Our sculpture ‘Thirty Ears – The Hare-y Mammoth’ (designed & painted by our artist Sarah Edwards) can be found on Westgate Street, Ipswich between June & September 2019.

The design is named ‘Thirty Ears’ in recognition of the thirty year anniversaries of both Elmer and St Elizabeth Hospice, and there are indeed thirty ears within the design – including Elmer’s! Making Elmer a Hare’y Mammoth was a quirky way of combining the elephant and hare concepts. A postage stamp is also included, as this is a trademark of Sarah’s and included in all her collages. As well as loving the design – we just had to pick the one elephant on the trail which had so much ‘hare’!


From June to September 2019, Ipswich is playing host to an even bigger and better art trail than when the pigs went wild; this time featuring 55 individually designed elephants based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the patchwork elephant.

Visitors will also be able to meet the Learning Herd; 84 ‘young Elmers’, who will be popping up in special locations all across town.

Francesco Hair Salon are giving away FREE KIDS GIFTS including a wristband & a paper hand flag during the parade, and hairdressing discounts – all available via the official Elmers Big Parade Suffolk App on your phone. Click for the T&Cs below:

Official Elmers Big Parade Suffolk App – Reward Terms & Conditions

As part of the event we have also launched a Creative Writing Competition, which is open to all primary school children in Suffolk – the prize offers the winners a chance to lead out Ipswich Town at Portman Road – and ‘ELE-FIT’ which is a free weekly workout circuit open to all in the town centre in front of our sculpture. You’ll be pleased to know we are sticking to the hairdressing and ELE-FIT will be hosted by the professional instructors at our partner gyms (DW Fitness, FTC Gym & Attain & Sustain). Click below for more information:

FREE Weekly Summer Workout Circuit presented by Francesco Hair Salon & hosted by our Partner Gyms; Attain & Sustain, FTC Gym & DW Fitness

PRESS: Elmer visits the salon…

Elmer visited the salon in early March 2019 to meet the team after we announced we would be one of the sponsors. Elmers trip made the news and was covered local press including the Ipswich Star… you can click on their logo below to read the story on the website:

13 June 2019 – Front Page News – Ipswich Star
13 June 2019 – Our Writing Competition is featured in local press –
East Anglian Daily Times.

Meet our Artist – Sarah Edwards

Artist Sarah Edwards

Let us introduce you to the amazing artist who has painted one of the herd as part Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in Ipswich this summer. Sarah Edwards has always loved art, and has taken on the mammoth task of giving our elephant a paint job. Sarah has been in the nursing profession for over 30 years, and currently works as a nurse at St Elizabeth Hospice, where she has been for the past 5 years.

Since working for the hospice Sarah has rediscovered her love for art, creating animal collages from scraps of paper, and has recently started selling prints of her work at the Hospice and the TSB Bank at Felixstowe, with proceeds going to the Hospice. More recently Sarah had the privilege of a window display at MF Gallery and Framing and last year participated in her first Art on the Prom.

Sarah is thrilled to be part of Elmers Big Parade and has found it a pleasant and challenging experience!

Check out more of Sarah’s artwork on her facebook page Sarah Edwards Original Art