We’ve launched a summer search for Santa as we begin our Christmas preparations. We’re looking to recruit the star of our Winter Wonderland grotto, which attracts thousands of excited young visitors to the 11th century castle in the heart of the zoological gardens. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re already half way through the year … Continue reading Summer search for Santa
We’ve said so long to one of our reindeer, Basil, who has gone north to join an animal centre in Yorkshire. The 18-month-old male reindeer, pictured in the centre training for his Christmas grotto duties last year, left us to live with a new herd at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bye-bye Basil
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!
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
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!
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!
Look who’s arrived at DZG for the next three weeks! Our Winter Wonderland grotto is being officially opened this morning by The Bill star, Graham Cole, who’s playing Fleshcreep in this year’s DZG sponsored Wolverhampton Grand Theatre panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, before Father Christmas takes up residence in the transformed 11th century Dudley Castle, where … Continue reading Santa’s here!
The elves are carrying out final checks in Santa’s Winter Wonderland grotto ready for tomorrow and we’re delighted it’s being officially opened by the baddie of this year’s DZG sponsored Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s pantomime! The Bill star, Graham Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp in the long-running show for 25 years and is starring as henchman … Continue reading Panto baddie to open grotto!
Booking is now open for DZG’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland Grotto and this year he’s got his own special hotline! Visitors can either call and speak to his elves on 01384 215306 or book their own timed slot for the three-week festive period directly through the DZG website by CLICKING HERE. Last year we celebrated our … Continue reading Santa booking’s open!
DZG’s Winter Wonderland welcomed 15,206 visitors during its three-week opening, making it our best grotto ever! Santa and his elves were kept busy in the 11th century Dudley Castle during the festive run-up, with official figures revealing 2,615 more people began their Christmas celebrations here at DZG this year than 2015. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: … Continue reading Record grotto numbers!