Blue Peter badges - questions and answers. Please read before applying!

What is a Blue Peter badge?

A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to people who appear on the show, or can be earned by posting in an application. Applicants must be 6 to 15 years old.

June 2020 update: Although we have increased the size of our team in recent weeks to cope with extra demand, we are currently receiving an overwhelming number of emails which is affecting how quickly we can respond to badge applications. Please do read the information on the website carefully before applying, and apply for badges by post rather than email if you are able to.

How do I apply for a Blue Peter badge?

There are several badges you can apply for. Click on a badge to find out more on how to apply for it:

Please note you may only apply for one badge per application.

What are the benefits to having a Blue Peter badge?

Badge owners can gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge attractions around the country such as theme parks, zoos and castles.

Browse all our attractions

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Take a fun quiz to decide on your next badge adventure!

Please remember to check individual attractions websites to see opening times/whether they are operating as normal before setting out on your journey.

How long will it take for my badge to arrive?

We receive thousands of letters every week and we read every single one, so it can take a bit of time for us to get through them all. As a result, badges can take up to 10 weeks to arrive, so please be patient. Please note: we are currently waiting on a delivery of Silver badges, so these may take a little longer at the moment.

Can you award badges to younger children or anyone older than 15?

Unfortunately we cannot award badges to anyone under the age of six, or over the age of fifteen.

Can you apply for a badge on behalf of someone else?

We don’t accept applications on behalf of anyone else; children must apply for badges themselves. They must put in as much effort as they can with their application to make sure it stands out amongst the thousands we receive.

What happens after I receive my badge?

When you receive your Blue Peter badge, check the letter that came with it. If we have everything we need, the letter will confirm that your Blue Peter badge card will be arriving in the near future. If your letter asks you to register your details please fill in the badge ID card form.

What is a Badge ID card?

The badge ID card is a validation card we ask badge holders to use with their badge to enter badge attractions, so remember to keep it somewhere safe!

if you haven't received a badge ID card or wish to find out more please visit the badge ID card page.

My badge is lost/broken can I have a replacement?

If you have misplaced your badge you can re-apply with a new piece of work to replace it. Please mark your application clearly to let us know which badge you are re-applying for.

Please note that we are unable to offer replacement badges to anyone aged 16 and over.

We are unable to replace Diamond badges as they are limited edition and only available in our Big Birthday year (2018).

I’ve lost my badge ID card, can I have a replacement?

If you have lost your badge ID card and require a replacement, please let us know by emailing us at: bluepeter@bbc.co.uk and include your full name and address.

Can we apply as a class or group?

Unfortunately we no longer accept group applications for Blue Peter badges. Read the notes above to find out how to apply for an individual badge so that you can tell the members of your group. To save postage costs you can send us a collection of individual applications in one envelope.

Can I apply for a badge online?

At the moment, you can only apply for most Blue Peter badges by post. While we previously accepted email applications for certain badges, these are currently on hold due to the volume of applications received. 

We can accept applications for the limited edition 2020 Sport badge via email but only if you are unable to leave the house under current Covid-19 guidelines. See the individual badge pages for more details. 

Can I nominate someone for a Gold badge?

The Gold Blue Peter badge is the rarest badge of them all and are only given to individuals for extraordinary achievements. Find out how to apply for a Gold badge.

Terms and conditions (Gold badges)

1. The Blue Peter Editor, in consultation with a panel of the BBC Children’s team, carefully reviews each Gold Badge letter to make a decision.
2. Applications or nominations can only be made by letter.
3. The person must be aged 6-15, have already earned at least one other Blue Peter badge and be a holder of a valid badge card.
4. Please provide a detailed summary explaining what the person has achieved and documentation to support an application.
5. The actions must be verifiable by an independent third party witness. Research will be undertaken by the Blue Peter team and the parent / guardian of the nominee, as appropriate may be contacted and asked for relevant contacts to assist this research.
6. If you are under 18 years old, you must seek your (or your nominees) parent/guardian’s permission to make a nomination or application.
7. You must provide the name and telephone number and email address of the parent or legal guardian.
8. Blue Peter may contact the parent or guardian to check consent and to ask for additional information.
9. If you are nominating someone else, you must not submit personal data relating to another individual without first obtaining the permission of the nominee’s parent/guardian.
10. For what is considered personal data please visit the BBC’s Privacy pages at www.bbc.co.uk/privacy
11. If a nomination for a gold badge is not successful and the circumstances have significantly changed, you may apply again, after 1 year.
12. The BBC cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any problem which may result in any nomination not properly registered.
13. Where relevant, these awards accord with the BBC’s Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, details of which can be found on the BBC's Standards and Guidelines website.
These terms and conditions are subject to the laws of England and Wales.

If you can’t find the answer to your question above, please feel free to contact us.

You can write to us at our address:

Blue Peter MediaCityUK Salford, M50 2BH

Or you can email us on: bluepeter@bbc.co.uk

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