‘Mammoth’ fun at Elephant Day

Barnstaple welcomes back elephant-related celebration for a fifth instalment.

A MAMMOTH day of fun is expected on Saturday, July 7 with the return of Barnstaple Elephant Day.

Now in its fifth year, the event at the Square promises to be even bigger and better than ever, with a prodigious amount of pachyderm-related activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Elephant Day celebrates the discovery in 1844 of the fossilised remains of a prehistoric straight tusked elephant under Summerland Street.

Between 11am-4pm there will be stalls, games, competitions and children’s arts and crafts activities, plus refreshments, trampoline, soft play zone, carousel And face painting.


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Highlights include a tethered hot air balloon, weather permitting, plus the Elephant Olympics.

Once again the Natural History Museum in London will be loaning its Barnstaple elephant teeth fossils for the occasion, together with expert Dr Andy Currant to explain what the Barnstaple elephant is all about.

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North Devon Museum’s resident elephant, ‘Barny’, will be the centrepiece of the day and he will be rounding off the event by leading the annual Elephant Day parade through town, with an invitation for as many volunteers as possible to join him as a flag carrier.

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