Are you struggling to keep your kids entertained? Or are you just looking to keep the costs down when it comes to days out? Then take a look at how to get a Blue Peter badge and the benefits that come with being a holder.
One of the distinctive memories I have from my childhood is that of Blue Peter. Or more precisely, my hatred of Blue Peter. For some reason, I had it in my head that all it consisted of was people making models out of boxes and presenters falling over elephant faeces. Although I enjoy seeing hosts slip on the floor, I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Even now, I shudder when my kids ask me to help them build something for their homework.
I also blame Blue Peter for the fact that I spent most of my teenage years watching Home and Away.
But, I have a newfound respect for Blue Peter. You see, recently I discovered there was far more use to a Blue Peter badge, other than just letting it put holes in your jumper.
How to get a Blue Peter badge
To apply for a Blue Peter badge, you need to be aged between 6 and 15. Then, you will need to send in a piece of work with a covering letter of at least 50 words to say why you deserve the badge.
You also have to include:
- your full name
- your date of birth,
- your home postal address and postcode
Then send it to:
You will need to place a stamp on the envelope. If it’s an A4 envelope, make sure that it’s a large letter stamp. If you’re sending something even larger, you need to pay for parcel postage.
Once your application has been sent, you need to be patient. It can take up to 12 weeks for your badges to be sent. My children each have a badge, and theirs took around 8 weeks to arrive.
The piece of work you need to submit depends on the colour of the badge you’re after. That’s right, there are various colours you can apply for.
What are the various Blue Peter badges?
Blue Badge – These are the most popular badges and probably the ones that you remember as a child. Blue badges are awarded for sending in interesting letters, stories, makes, pictures, poems, good ideas for the programme, and for having appeared on Blue Peter. If you have already earned a Blue Badge, you can’t be awarded another one.
Green Badge – Green Badges are awarded for sending in letters, pictures and makes that are about the environment, conservation or nature.
Silver Badge – Silver Badges are awarded to Blue Badge holders who go on to make an extra effort. So, if you won a Blue Badge for an interesting letter, you could win a Silver Badge by sending in something different such as a make, picture or a poem.
Fan Club Badge – Purple Fan Club badges are awarded for joining the Blue Peter fan club and answering some questions about the show and the website
Music Badge – The Music badge is a very special badge, designed by superstar Ed Sheeran. It’s awarded to those who show off their passion for music by learning a new instrument or being part of a musical performance.
Sport Badge – The Sport badge is awarded for getting active and trying a sport or physical activity that you have never tried before. Each year a new limited edition badge is released that is only available during the summer. This means you can collect a new Sport badge every single year!
Orange Badge – Orange badges are given to winners and runners up of Blue Peter competitions. To have a chance of winning one of these badges you have to enter a Blue Peter competition, which only run during certain times in the year.
Gold Badge – Gold Badges are very rare indeed. Each year only a few are awarded in exceptional circumstances for outstanding achievements, for example being solely responsible for saving someone’s life, or showing amazing and unique bravery, courage and citizenship.
Diamond Badge – Diamond Badges are awarded for sending in a special Diamond Badge application form. This was a limited edition badge and only available in 2018!
Purple Badge – Purple Badges are awarded for sending in a review of a Blue Peter episode.
Free entry into UK attractions
It doesn’t matter which colour badge you opt for as they will all give you free entry into various UK attractions. However, you do need to apply for a Blue Peter badge card. This proves that the person with the badge is the rightful holder, otherwise, people might lend it to others. Follow this link to apply for the badge card.
It will arrive with all your child’s details printed on. All you need to do is add a photo and stick the laminate provided over the top. These cards are valid until your child reaches 16, so if they’re only 6 when their photo is added, they probably won’t resemble it much in 10 years time.
List of attractions with the Blue Peter badge
There are over 200 places you can gain free entry using your badge. However, the holder must also have their badge card and be accompanied by a full-paying adult. And it’s only one badge holder per adult I’m afraid.
|South East||London||North East|
|1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield||Charles Dickens Museum||Abbey House Museum|
|Adventure Island||The Faraday Museum||Barley Hall|
|Africa Alive!||HMS Belfast||BBC Tours|
|Amberley Museum||Kensington Palace State Apartments||Belton House|
|Arundel Wetland Centre (WWT)||Kew Gardens||Blue Reef Aquarium – Tynemouth|
|Banham Zoo||London Museum of Water & Steam||The Brontë Parsonage Museum|
|Barleylands Farm Park and Village||London Transport Museum||Corbridge Roman Town|
|Beaulieu National Motor Museum||London Wetland Centre (WWT)||DIG: An Archaeological Adventure|
|Bekonscot Model Village||The London Bridge Experience & Tombs||The Discovery Centre|
|Blue Reef Aquarium – Hastings||Marble Hill House||Eureka! The National Children’s Museum|
|British Airways i360||Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition||Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre|
|Bluebell Railway||St Paul’s Cathedral||Harewood House|
|Butser Ancient Farm||Tower of London||Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum|
|Canterbury Tales||Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum||Jorvik Viking Centre|
|Carisbrooke Castle||World Rugby Museum||Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre|
|Chartwell||ZSL London Zoo||Magna Science Adventure Centre|
|Colchester Castle||Micklegate Bar – Henry VII Experience|
|Combined Military Services Museum||Midlands||Monk Bar – Richard III Experience|
|Cromer Museum||1620s House and Garden||RHS Garden Harlow Carr|
|Didcot Railway Centre||Anne Hathaway’s Cottage||Roman Vindolanda And Army Museum|
|Don’t Get Locked In!||BBC Tours||Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books|
|Dover Castle||Black Country Living Museum||Washington Wetland Centre (WWT)|
|Fishbourne Roman Palace and Museum||Bolsover Castle||Whitby Abbey|
|Flag Fen Bronze Age Excavation||British Motor Museum||World of James Herriot|
|Framlingham Castle||Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre||Yorkshire Museum of Farming|
|Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Museum||Creswell Crags|
|Hampton Court Palace||Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines||North West|
|Hastings Castle||Eastnor Castle||BBC Tours|
|Hawk Conservancy Trust||Hall’s Croft||Beatrix Potter Gallery|
|Highclere Castle||Harvard House||Beeston Castle and Woodland Park|
|Hornby Visitor Centre||Harvington Hall||Birdoswald Roman Fort|
|Howletts Wild Animal Park||Heights of Abraham Caverns & Hilltop Park||Blackpool Zoo Park|
|The Home of Charles Darwin: Down House||The Ironbridge Gorge Museums||British Lawnmower Museum|
|Kew Gardens||Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden||The Beatles Story|
|Lullingstone Roman Villa||King Richard III Visitor Centre||The Blue Planet Aquarium|
|Milton Keynes Museum||Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition||Chill Factore|
|The National Stud Tours||Mary Arden’s Farm||The Derwent Pencil Museum|
|Nene Valley Railway||Mechanical Art and Design Museum||Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre|
|New Forest Wildlife Park||The Midland Railway – Butterley||Knowsley Safari|
|The Observatory Science Centre||Newstead Abbey||Levens Hall|
|Osborne House||Rockingham Castle||Martin Mere Wetland Centre (WWT)|
|Palace House||The Royal Shakespeare Company – Tower Visit & Theatre Tours||Quarry Bank Mill And Styal Country Park|
|Paradise Wildlife Park||Shakespeare’s Birthplace||Western Approaches: Liverpool War Museum|
|Port Lympne Reserve||Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall||World of Glass|
|Portsmouth Historic Dockyard||Slimbridge Wetland Centre (WWT)|
|RHS Garden Hyde Hall||The Stratford Butterfly Farm||South West|
|RHS Garden Wisley||Twycross Zoo||Avon Valley Railway|
|The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre||Umberslade Farm Park||BBC Tours|
|The Royal Pavilion||Scotland||Birdland Park and Gardens|
|Smugglers Adventure||BBC Tours||Blue Reef Aquarium – Newquay|
|Stowe Landscape Gardens||Biggar Puppet Theatre||Brunel’s SS Great Britain|
|Twinwoods Adventure||Caerlaverock Wetland Centre (WWT)||Cheddar Gorge|
|Welney Wetland Centre (WWT)||The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd||The Dinosaur Museum|
|Wimpole Hall||Camera Obscura||Dorset Falconry Park|
|Woburn Abbey||Discovery Point||East Pool Mine|
|ZSL Whipsnade Zoo||Dunvegan Castle||Eden Project|
|Edinburgh Zoo||The Fleet Air Arm Museum|
|Wales||Highland Wildlife Park||Fox Talbot Museum|
|Anglesey Sea Zoo||Inveraray Jail||Grand Pier|
|BBC Tours||Kelburn Country Centre||Geevor Tin Mine|
|Llanelli Wetland Centre (WWT)||The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses||Levant Mine and Beam Engine|
|National Botanic Garden of Wales||The Royal Yacht Britannia||Mary Rose Museum|
|Plantasia||The Scottish Seabird Centre||Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre|
|The Royal Mint Experience||Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works||The Miniature Pony Centre|
|Taff Vale Coach Gwili Steam Railway||Oceanarium|
|Northern Ireland||Pendennis Castle|
|Isle of Man||BBC Tours||Porthcurno Telegraph Museum|
|The Great Laxey Wheel Mines Trail||Carrickfergus Castle||RHS Garden Rosemoor|
|The Grove Museum||Castle Espie Wetland Centre (WWT)||Roman Baths – Bath|
|The House of Manannan Museum||Ulster Folk and Transport Museum||Slimbridge Wetland Centre (WWT)|
|The Manx Museum||Stonehenge|
|The National Folk Museum at Cregneash||Sudeley Castle and Gardens|
|The Nautical Museum||Teddy Bear Museum|
|Niarbyl Visitor Centre||Trago Mills Model Railway|
|The Old Grammar School||We The Curious|
|The Old House of Keys||Wookey Hole Caves|
Can I not just buy a badge from eBay?
Back in 2006, the BBC tried to stop the 2nd hand sale of Blue Peter badges at sites like eBay as people were using them just to get free entry into attractions. But with the introduction of the badge card I mentioned above, this is no longer an issue. So, you can buy your badge, but it’s only suitable for collectors.
If you’re interested in other discounts for days out with your kids, take a look at my post about Kids Pass.
Is a Blue Peter badge application difficult?
No. Except for the time it takes to encourage your child to create their work, it’s a very simple process.
Are gold Blue Peter badges real gold?
The badge is actually a brooch and is gold-plated, rather than solid gold.
Are Blue Peter badges worth anything?
The majority of badges sell for around £1 on eBay. However, the rarer badges can fetch more, with some listed for over £100.
Are Blue Peter badges free?
Yes. Apart from the cost of a stamp, all you need is some spare time.
Can you get into Legoland with a Blue Peter badge?
No. The park stop accepting holders in January 2017.
Do Blue Peter badges expire?
Technically, no. However, the badge card that comes with them expires when your child reaches 16. They can be valid for a total of 10 years.