Summer search for Santa

We’ve launched a summer search for Santa as we begin our Christmas preparations.

We’re looking to recruit the star of our Winter Wonderland grotto, which attracts thousands of excited young visitors to the 11th century castle in the heart of the zoological gardens.

Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re already half way through the year so it’s time to search for a suitable jolly Santa who can spread lots of good cheer to our guests throughout December.“They’ll work alongside a team of elves to deliver a magical experience for children and their families in our grotto, which is particularly popular with groups and school parties and gets especially busy at weekends.”

Interested Santas – with or without beards – should apply with a CV via email to or by post to Marketing Department, Dudley Zoological Gardens, Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4QF. The closing date for applications is Friday, August 2.