If you have children aged between 6 and 15 years old you can apply for a free Blue Peter badge! The badge allows you to gain FREE entry to over 200 Blue Peter Badge Attractions in the UK, including castles, zoos, theme parks and more.
How to get a badge
Applying for a Blue Peter badge is easy, but your child will need to put in some work to qualify. In your application you need to include the following:
- Your child’s full name
- Their date of birth
- Home address and postcode
- A special message (at least 50 words long), written by your child, describing which badge they are applying for and why they deserve it
In the next section we’ll run through the different types of badges that are available (yes, there’s more than one!).
When you have completed your application letter, send it to the following address:
If you are applying for more than one child, it’s OK to include multiple letters in the same envelope.
To process your application and send your badge to you can take up to eight weeks.
Different types of Blue Peter badges
As mentioned above, there are several different types of badge available. Most can be earned, but some are only given out in special circumstances.
To get a green badge, send in a letter, picture or project that has something to do with the environment or nature.
A blue badge is earned by sending in interesting letters, pictures, projects, stories, poems or other creative work. You can also get a blue badge by appearing on the TV programme.
If you want a silver badge you’ll need to get a blue badge first. After you’ve done that, send it another interesting letter, story, picture or other project, and you’ll have a chance of getting a silver badge.
To get an orange badge you need to enter a Blue Peter competition, and finish as a winner or running up. Enter a Blue Peter competition to be in with a chance of getting an orange badge.
Purple badges are awarded to those who send in a review of a Blue Peter episode. If you want to do this, download this form and send it in with your application.
The gold badge is the rarest type of badge available, and only a few are awarded each year. Gold badges are sometimes awarded to adults, the only type of badge that an adult can receive.
Getting your Badge Card
After getting your badge – it doesn’t matter which one – you’ll need to apply for a Badge Card. Without the Badge Card you cannot get free entry to the attractions listed below.
Thankfully this is an easy process. Just follow this link and apply. You’ll need to enter your child’s details, along with your address.
Blue Peter Badge Attractions
Each child who owns a Blue Peter badge gains entry to a large number of attractions, spread all across the UK. The complete list of attractions can be found here. Here’s a sample of what’s available:
- London Zoo
- Colchester Zoo
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Eden Project in Cornwall
- Cheddar Gorge in Somerset
UPDATE: Unfortunately, as of January 2017, the badge no longer grants entry to attractions operated by the Merlin group. This includes Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland Windsor and Sea Life centres.