Dudley Castle

Skeleton story sparks interest

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

Heatwave brings out history

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

Zombie alert!

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!

Flying the RAF colours

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

Illuminating anniversary

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

All fired up for footy!

Dudley Castle expert Amy Hickman is hoping the English strike force produce more shots tonight than our decommissioned Russian cannons. As the nation prepares to get behind England in their World Cup round of 16 clash with Colombia in Moscow, footy fan and Education Assistant Amy recalls how the two Russian cannons at the foot Continue reading All fired up for footy!

By George, what fun!

More than 3,500 visitors joined us at Dudley Zoo for another fun-packed patriotic festival to celebrate St George. Last Sunday was the third year DZG has hosted the Dudley borough extravaganza which has once again been hailed a roaring success. Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Dave Tyler, joined in the celebrations in the 11th century Castle courtyard Continue reading By George, what fun!

Win festive grotto goodies!

Visitors to our Winter Wonderland grotto are urged not to forget to enter the Christmas competition to win some festive goodies from our Safari Shop. We’re offering a snow leopard printed jute bag with a fluffy penguin and an owl cuddly toy, collectively worth over £25, for one lucky winner who correctly guesses how many Continue reading Win festive grotto goodies!

Spook-tacular Halloween events!

We’re gearing up for a spook-tacular Halloween at DZG! Brave young souls are invited to join us for our children’s Hocus Pocus evenings on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, where there’ll be close encounters with a variety of creepy critters including snakes, spiders and cockroaches. Join us after hours, from 5pm until 8pm, Continue reading Spook-tacular Halloween events!

Cheer on the abseilers!

We’re sending good luck to the adventurous abseilers who will be tackling Dudley Castle today to raise funds for Balls to Cancer. More than 25 participants will be taking a leap of faith to descend the 70-foot 11th century tower at the heart of the zoological gardens to raise money for the charity, which raises Continue reading Cheer on the abseilers!