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Tree-mendous fun!

Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals. None of the 44 Christmas trees used to decorate the 11th century castle courtyard throughout December are going to waste as they’re now being used for New Year enrichment. The likes of our Carpathian lynx, meerkats, lions, tigers, Continue reading Tree-mendous fun!

Leave a Christmas wish

Young visitors to our grotto are invited to help decorate our festive firs with their Christmas wishes ahead of seeing Santa. Before entering our Winter Wonderland grotto in the 11th century castle, visitors can write out their wishes and messages for Christmas and 2018 on a star and tie them to the branches of the trees Continue reading Leave a Christmas wish

Reindeer learn the ropes!

The reindeer herd are enjoying their daily visits to the 11th century castle courtyard as part of our Winter Wonderland grotto. And for the first time, our 2017 youngsters, Ivy, Doreen and Basil have been learning the ropes so they too can join Santa. Trainee Keeper, Ellis Robinson, has been working with the herd over Continue reading Reindeer learn the ropes!

DZG Christmas gets underway!

Our Christmas festivities got well underway yesterday when Santa arrived at DZG, welcomed by the baddie of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s pantomime, who officially opened his Winter Wonderland grotto. The Bill star, Graham Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp in the long-running show for 25 years and is starring as henchman Fleshcreep in this year’s DZG Continue reading DZG Christmas gets underway!

Santa's here!

Look who’s arrived at DZG for the next three weeks! Our Winter Wonderland grotto is being officially opened this morning by The Bill star, Graham Cole, who’s playing Fleshcreep in this year’s DZG sponsored Wolverhampton Grand Theatre panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, before Father Christmas takes up residence in the transformed 11th century Dudley Castle, where Continue reading Santa’s here!

Panto baddie to open grotto!

The elves are carrying out final checks in Santa’s Winter Wonderland grotto ready for tomorrow and we’re delighted it’s being officially opened by the baddie of this year’s DZG sponsored Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s pantomime! The Bill star, Graham Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp in the long-running show for 25 years and is starring as henchman Continue reading Panto baddie to open grotto!

Can you fill Santa's shoes?

There are less than six months to go until we open our Christmas grotto and we’re wondering if you can fill Santa’s shoes? We’re launching a summer search for Santa to join our hugely popular festive grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle, which last year saw record-breaking attendance. DZG Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re Continue reading Can you fill Santa’s shoes?

Recycling the decorations!

DZG’s animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the Continue reading Recycling the decorations!

Record grotto numbers!

DZG’s Winter Wonderland welcomed 15,206 visitors during its three-week opening, making it our best grotto ever! Santa and his elves were kept busy in the 11th century Dudley Castle during the festive run-up, with official figures revealing 2,615 more people began their Christmas celebrations here at DZG this year than 2015. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: Continue reading Record grotto numbers!