It might be the height of summer but Dudley Zoo is in hot pursuit of Santa! From our very own beach Ow Bin Ya Sands, DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood has started the search for a Father Christmas to join our Winter Wonderland grotto – in return for plenty of good cheer. The right recruit … Continue reading Sun, sand and Santa!
Historic herbs and plants used in medieval medicines and recipes are still springing up at DZG today. The poisonous deadly nightshade plant, or belladonna, which grows behind walls of the 11th century Dudley Castle in areas not accessible to the public, had an eye-opening use for medieval women. And the Duke of Argyll’s tea plant, … Continue reading Plants from the past
Happy International Owl Awareness Day twit twoo – we had a magical time celebrating and raised £300 for a bird conservation charity. On Thursday, our bird keepers and Presenter Langan Turner transformed into Harry Potter characters to celebrate DZG’s 12 owls, including Grafton the coast horned owl (pictured), and the iconic species all over the … Continue reading Owl in a day’s work!
A story of a skeleton being found in Dudley Castle more than 30 years after the great fire of 1750 has ignited interest in the blaze. Today, on the 268th anniversary of the fire which tore through the castle’s Tudor Sharington Range, our history expert Amy Hickman is preparing to dig deeper into suggestions human remains … Continue reading Skeleton story sparks interest
Mysterious markings in Dudley Castle’s courtyard may look like aliens have landed! But our history experts explain the scorching sunshine has produced crop marks indicating where buildings stood as far back as the 16th century. The long spell of hot weather has revealed prominent parch marks in three areas, revealing a wall line from the … Continue reading Heatwave brings out history
It’s just two weeks until Dudley Castle is transformed into an open air cinema showing the cult zombie movie Night of the Living Dead. The 11th century castle will become the dramatic backdrop as the horror film – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – is shown on Friday, August 3. For the third year … Continue reading Zombie alert!
A Daimler Dart which competed in the famous Monte Carlo Rally is one of 90 classic cars rolling into Dudley Castle courtyard on Sunday. Now in its 30th year, the West Midlands Classic Car Club’s annual show takes place on Sunday July 22 from 10am until 4pm. Organiser Maurice Cole, of Dudley, is bringing along … Continue reading Darting into Dudley
Black Country Day is ‘ere and we am set for a bostin’ time at Dudley Zoo. We’re flying the red, white and black flag at the top of Dudley Castle and have let a few of our black and white ruffed lemurs get their hands on smaller versions of the flag too. DZG’s Marketing Manager, … Continue reading Happy Black Country Day!
We’re proudly flying The RAF Ensign from Dudley Castle today – as a spectacular parade and flypast celebrates the force’s centenary. The flag will remain above the 11th century castle throughout the special day which is 100 days after the RAF’s official 100th birthday. July 10 is the day of the organisation’s centrepiece event, the RAF100 … Continue reading Flying the RAF colours
Blue lights illuminated Dudley Castle overnight as we showed our support for the wonderful work of the NHS. To mark the 70th birthday of the National Health Service – one of the nation’s most loved institutions – our electricians changed all the floodlight bulbs to blue around the 11th century landmark. Dudley Zoo and Castle … Continue reading Illuminating anniversary