Merlin scraps free entry for Blue Peter badge holders

Last updated at 14:06
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Merlin Entertainment, the company that owns big theme parks like Legoland, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, has decided to no longer allow Blue Peter badge holders free entry to their attractions.

The new rules will apply from January 2017.

Merlin say: 'We regularly review our partnerships to ensure we are offering fair value and great benefits to our visitors of all ages. As part of this review, we've agreed with the BBC to end the long-standing relationship to give Blue Peter badge holders free access to attractions. This is not a decision we've taken lightly as we have been involved in the scheme for many years, but we hope badge holders may take advantage of many other attractive Merlin offers in the future.'

The BBC say: 'Your Blue Peter badge gives you access to lots of amazing places around the UK, but this list can change from time to time, so please always check the CBBC Blue Peter website before setting off.'