Sun, sand and Santa!

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 is needed for the paid position to star in our busy grotto at the heart of the 11th century Dudley Castle.

Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “Although it’s still sunny August, we’re launching a summer search for a Santa to join our hugely popular grotto.

“We’re after a friendly Father Christmas with a great sense of humour, who enjoys working with small children. We’ll supply the uniform but it would be wonderful if he had his own white beard.”

Andrea added the grotto was particularly popular with groups and school parties and said weekends were especially busy. Santa’s festive run starts on December 1 to December 24 inclusive.

Interested Santas – with or without beards – should apply via email or post and include a CV and any festive photos if they have taken on the role previously. Please send applications to or Marketing Department, Dudley Zoological Gardens, Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4QF. The closing date for applications is August 31, 2018.

Ho-ho-hope to hear from you soon!