Thank you for playing Santa!

Thank you to everyone who continues to play Santa to our animals sending them treats and enrichment from our Amazon wish list, not just at Christmas, but also throughout the year. We’ve recently received lots of parcels for distribution across the site, including tasty lickits for our tapirs and giraffes, feeder balls for our sloth […]

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 […]

Search for Santa!

It may be the start of summer, but we’re thinking ahead to Christmas as we launch a search for Santa! We’re looking to recruit the star of our busy castle grotto, which attracts thousands of excited young visitors each year.  Interested applicants need to be able to spread lots of festive cheer as they work alongside […]

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 […]

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 […]