Blue Peter


In case you don’t know what this is, what advantages you can get and how you get it, make sure to stick around until the end! But, until then here’s a little something to get your started. Blue Peter is the longest running children’s program in the world – and probably the most loved. It was founded on the 16th of October 1958, having more than 80,000 viewers for each show and was originally planned to be 15 minutes long each week and to only run for a limited amount of time, which we now know is 6 weeks. However this all changed when Blue Peter saw that their channel was breaking the records, with audience numbers skyrocketing.
Welcome everyone to this week’s article, all about ….. Blue Peter: what it is and how you can get it! I myself have applied to multiple of their badges, allowing me to realise all the things I can actually do! Whether that’s theme parks or zoos, or even the rest of the 200+ attractions waiting, this badge allows you to enter some of your favourite places for free, and you don’t need to pay for entry submission!

So, how long do they actually take to arrive? Be warned, thousands of children apply each year, so you mustn’t worry if you don’t get one or they take a long time to arrive. You must also be patient, for you can receive them anytime up to 12 weeks, and are only awarded to children between the ages of 5 – 15 years old. 

To watch their shows please click here, for more information on how to apply please click here

Blue Peter – a history: starting on the 16th of October 1958, Blue Peter was created by John Blair and was first presented by Leila Williams and Christopher Trace. Fun fact, Blue Peter was named after the white and blue flag which wavers when a ship is about to set sail, representing the voyage of discovery, determination and perseverance, intending their viewer’s journey. Blue Peter has always taken so much time and effort into their badges, even managing special guests to design them and inspire new ones, such as Sir Quentin Blake – a professional cartoonist who illustrated all of Roald Dahl’s books – making the book badge, or Leah Williamson – who plays for England football – designing the sports badge. Oh, and don’t forget worldwide famous artist Tony Hart who designed the logo of Blue Peter, a ship.

I would proudly like to say that I have applied for 4 badges, the Book badge, the Eco badge, the Music badge and the Writing badge. I have received my Book badge, Music badge, Eco badge and one very special Blue Peter badge instead of a writing one, an original Silver Blue Peter Badge! Silver, bronze and gold Blue Peter badges are very rarely given out, so I was delighted to be awarded it! 

Having watched, viewed and commented on all the Blue Peter episodes, I have always adored the hand-outs of the gold badges. Let me explain: the Gold Blue Peter badge is ranked the highest and is well-known for its promising owners. Children aged 5 – 15 can receive it, as long as they have another Blue Peter badge and have done something that earns great appreciation. Adults are also awarded the gold badge for doing something extraordinary, and every year only a few of these badges are awarded in exceptional circumstances for outstanding achievements. Some Gold badge holders are Queen Elizabeth II, David Beckham and JK Rowling just to name a few. They recognise all of their achievements and let everyone know what difference they made.

I encourage you to have fun and immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Blue Peter! Good luck!

Margaret, Lower III

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