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Elfie selfie!

There was just time for a quick s-elfie in our Winter Wonderland grotto today, as our elves gear up for their busiest night of the year. Elves Sarah Holt, Lauren Westwood and Charlotte Burrows are some of the top team who have been welcoming thousands of youngsters to our magical grotto set inside the 11th Continue reading Elfie selfie!

Still time to see Santa

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

When Sooty met 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

Jet ready for grotto take off!

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!

Santa’s on his way!

Santa Claus is coming to town and bookings for the zoo’s grotto have already started coming in to his ho-ho-hotline! And arranging to see Santa in our magical Winter Wonderland Grotto can be organised online too by CLICKING HERE. The Winter Wonderland experience runs from December 1 to Christmas Eve when youngsters can get to see Continue reading Santa’s on his way!

Tree-mendous fun!

Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals. None of the 44 Christmas trees used to decorate the 11th century castle courtyard throughout December are going to waste as they’re now being used for New Year enrichment. The likes of our Carpathian lynx, meerkats, lions, tigers, Continue reading Tree-mendous fun!

Leave a Christmas wish

Young visitors to our grotto are invited to help decorate our festive firs with their Christmas wishes ahead of seeing Santa. Before entering our Winter Wonderland grotto in the 11th century castle, visitors can write out their wishes and messages for Christmas and 2018 on a star and tie them to the branches of the trees Continue reading Leave a Christmas wish

Reindeer learn the ropes!

The reindeer herd are enjoying their daily visits to the 11th century castle courtyard as part of our Winter Wonderland grotto. And for the first time, our 2017 youngsters, Ivy, Doreen and Basil have been learning the ropes so they too can join Santa. Trainee Keeper, Ellis Robinson, has been working with the herd over Continue reading Reindeer learn the ropes!

DZG Christmas gets underway!

Our Christmas festivities got well underway yesterday when Santa arrived at DZG, welcomed by the baddie of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s pantomime, who officially opened his Winter Wonderland grotto. The Bill star, Graham Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp in the long-running show for 25 years and is starring as henchman Fleshcreep in this year’s DZG Continue reading DZG Christmas gets underway!