Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade prepares for a Farewell Weekend in Maidstone.

The beautiful sculptures will be brought together at Lockmeadow in the town for Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade Farewell Weekend from Friday 3 September until Sunday 5 September.  All 51 of the large Elmer sculptures and 31 small Elmers from the Learning Herd can be viewed across the weekend as they are brought together for the last time.

**The weekend has now fully sold out of tickets**

Launching the farewell event, will be the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Fay Gooch who said: “Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade has been absolutely wonderful for everyone in and around Maidstone. These amazing sculptures are so engaging, they have brought such colour and huge excitement to everyone who has followed the trail or come across them in the town.

“The whole event has been for such a worthy cause – Heart of Kent Hospice – and I am so pleased that all the funds raised will help this wonderful organisation which is also one of my chosen charities for my Mayoral year.

“As sad as it is to be saying farewell to these fantastic sculptures, I am delighted to be asked to see all of the Elmers together in one place reunited for the last time.”

After the Farewell Weekend each sculpture will be auctioned in support of Heart of Kent Hospice which will take place on Thursday 9 September.

Sunday 18 July sees the first Doggy Fete Funday being held by Lockmeadow and Maidstone Market with a host of events including training demonstrations and advice for those returning to the office and leaving their furry friends post lockdown.

The day’s programme brings together a combination of fun activities for the dog and all the family to enjoy, local animal charities, including Battersea Brands Hatch and Foal Farm Animal Rescue and even a doggy ice cream van.

Alexa KerstingWoods – Head of Leisure Property for Maidstone Borough Council said: “After a year of lockdown, we are pleased to be able to start bringing events back to the Lockmeadow space. Many people aren’t even aware of the Market Hall unless they have attended auctions in the past. We are showing new audiences what space we have to host events and widen our offering as a part of the town centre.

“We have wanted to host a doggy funday and fete for a long time. Following the boom of pet ownership during lockdown gives us the perfect opportunity to do this now.

The Lockmeadow Doggy Fete has been designed to include a number of training demonstrations which many new dog owners wouldn’t have been able to attend those first few months with their pup due to Covid restrictions. The event will also include several animal charities including three rescue organisations which can offer advice on long-life care for a dog.

The event takes place between 11am – 3pm and has training tip demonstrations every 15 minutes. As well as the Mayor Cllr Fay Gooch attending the fete, Maidstone Radio will be broadcasting live from the event on the day.