The top of Dudley Castle was the majestic setting when Colin Richards dressed as a prince to propose to his Canadian girlfriend. And the 35-year-old, originally from Halesowen before moving to Canada seven years ago, felt on top of the world after his sweetheart Gina Chorna said yes. The princely proposal took place at the … Continue reading Princely proposal
Everyone at Dudley Zoo is on board in wishing our visitors and supporters a very Happy New Year. Zoo Director Derek Grove said he was looking forward to announcing DZG’s plans for 2019, which involve enhancing facilities for youngsters and adding to our animal collection, to further boost the experience for visitors. He said: “All … Continue reading All aboard for 2019!
Santa has already greeted hundreds of visitors to his glittering grotto at Dudley Zoo but it’s not too late to whisper your wish-list in his ear. The grotto, opened by Sooty who is starring in Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre’s panto Sleeping Beauty, runs until Christmas Eve so there’s still time to book a place. And the … Continue reading Still time to see Santa
DZG’s glittering Winter Wonderland grotto has been officially opened by panto stars, Sooty and his right-hand man Richard Cadell. The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto stars cut the ribbon to the magical grotto inside the 11th century Dudley Castle just before we welcomed almost 300 children from the Midlands-based children’s charity, Mad Hatters, for their annual Christmas party. … Continue reading When Sooty met Santa
Reindeer Jet is all fired up for her festive role of greeting young visitors to our magical Winter Wonderland grotto. It’s exactly a month until Christmas Day and Jet is one of our reindeer herd who has been learning the ropes so keepers can walk her up to the grotto to meet our special visitors … Continue reading Jet ready for grotto take off!
A beacon of remembrance has been lit at the top of Dudley Castle to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, ignited the flame at the landmark location at a special ceremony at 7pm last night as part of a nationwide day of commemorative events. … Continue reading Dudley’s light of peace
Marketing staff from various UK attractions congregated at Dudley Zoo for a seminar to share ideas and improve visitor experiences. The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) meeting was hosted by DZG in the Queen Mary Restaurant earlier this week. Marketing staff from attractions including Paignton Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Dreamland in Margate, … Continue reading Attracting new ideas
Our meerkat mob have been entering into the spirit of Halloween today and enjoying a spot of pumpkin playtime. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans added the hollowed-out fruit, carved with a castle design, to the meerkat enclosure and they soon got stuck in. She said: “The meerkats loved exploring the pumpkin and having a nibble on … Continue reading Halloween high jinks
A stunning video of all Dudley Zoo has to offer has been released as part of a series of short films showcasing the borough’s attractions. The 30-second clip zooms in on the glorious 11th century Dudley Castle, our incredible animals and the popular beach, ‘Ow Bin Ya Sands’ we installed for the summer. The footage … Continue reading Stunning zoo video
We’ve said so long to one of our reindeer, Basil, who has gone north to join an animal centre in Yorkshire. The 18-month-old male reindeer, pictured in the centre training for his Christmas grotto duties last year, left us to live with a new herd at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bye-bye Basil