Kid’s get free entry in to over 200 attractions with Blue Peter badge for up to 10 years (apply online) - attractions inc London Zoo @ BBC

Posted 13th Aug 2022
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Children with badges and accompanying badge card get free entry at 200+ UK attractions until they're 16. It can take about eight weeks for the badges to come through, so you'll need to apply soon to have it for summer.
How do you get a Blue Peter badge?

Kids aged six to 15 can tell Blue Peter about something they’ve created, such as a model or a cake, including a drawing or photos of it with their application. They should also include their full name and address, birthdate, which badge they’re applying for (see the different badges below), and why they deserve to have a badge.

Alternatively, they can write an interesting letter to Blue Peter (at least 50 words) to earn a badge instead. It’s a great way of teaching your kids how hard work can pay off. Kids' letters need to be sent to the following address:

Blue Peter, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2BH

Blue Peter says all children who write in will get a reply, and the majority of those will get a badge as well, but the application process can take as long as eight weeks. Apparently, current presenters Richie, Mwaksy and Adam open some of the letters themselves.

What's more, children might get to see their post on the 'Big Badge Wall' each week when they tune into the show on CBBC, or on catch-up via BBC iPlayer.

How do you get into attractions for free?

We've spoken to the BBC about how kids can use their badges to get into attractions for free, and it was happy for us to explain how to do this.

To access the discount, kids need to wear their Blue Peter badge and have a valid Blue Peter badge card – these are easy to get, but it's a separate application process. Once your child's received their badge, they need to complete this form (possibly with help from a grown-up) and they’ll get a Blue Peter badge card.

The scheme's for six to 15-year-olds, so they can only get in for free until their 16th birthday. This means they can get up to 10 years’ free access to the attractions. For free entry, kids need to be going in with a paying adult – though it doesn’t matter how much the adult paid or when/where they bought the ticket.

The full T&Cs don’t mention any need to book in advance, but do remember attractions reserve the right to refuse entry on the day (for example if they’re at full capacity), and others might operate differently in the wake of coronavirus. Be sure to mention your Blue Peter badge at the time of booking, whether in advance or at the gate.
Where can kids get in for free?

There are loads of places all over the UK, including some popular theme parks, zoos and museums such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, London Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, the Eden Project, Kew Gardens and Stonehenge. Of course, some have their own discounts so do check first (see our Theme Parks guide).

There's a full list of 200+ attractions on the BBC website.
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