Santa opens Reindeer Ravine!

Santa cut short his summer holiday to come and officially open our new £200K Reindeer Ravine! The work, which has taken four months to complete, has seen the Bear Ravine paddock on the lower zoo site transformed for our herd of 12 reindeer – including our five 2024 calves, Koda, Flynn, Flora, Robin and Sven. […]

CBeebies stars welcome Santa!

Two CBeebies stars helped us kickstart our Christmas festivities, as they welcomed Santa to his popular grotto, which opens TODAY! Father Christmas was greeted by children’s television presenters Evie Pickerill and Gyasi Sheppy, who are both starring in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s pantomime, Snow White. Dudley Zoo’s Media and Communication Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “Over the […]

Festive bag for life

As if you need another reason to book to see Santa in the 11th century Dudley Castle, this year his gifts will be handed out in an exclusive bag for life instead of being wrapped in paper! The non-woven reusable bag has been designed by DZC Designer, Rachel Lane, as part of our Chronicles of […]

Grotto sneak peek!

There’s not long to go until Santa arrives at DZC ready to welcome thousands of people back to his Christmas grotto this year. Our elves are currently working really hard to transform the inside of the 11th century castle into ‘The Chronicles of Dudley Castle’. If you haven’t booked yet, there’s still time! All tickets […]

Christmas grotto on sale!

We’re excited to welcome back Santa to his castle grotto this Christmas, following a two-year absence due to covid. And it may only be the start of August, but we’ve already taken our first bookings for ‘The Chronicles of Dudley Castle’. Our popular grotto in the 11th century castle opens on December 1 and runs […]

Searching for Santa!

We may be enjoying a heatwave today, but here at DZC we’re starting to prepare for Christmas – and we’re on a summer search for Santa! After a two-year absence due to covid restrictions we’re looking forward to reinstating Father Christmas in his grotto inside the 11th century castle and we’re looking to recruit the […]