Blue Peter 'Design a Dragon' Competition
Can you design a dragon for the Great Pagoda at Kew?
The Great Pagoda in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is one of the most iconic landmarks in London. Inspired by Chinese architecture, it was built in 1762 and decorated with 80 dragons which dazzled visitors to the gardens.
The dragons disappeared from the Pagoda in the 1780s, but soon they will be making a spectacular return.
In 2017, Historic Royal Palaces is working on a big project to restore the Pagoda and bring all 80 dragons back to life. A team of historians, architects and designers are working together and using traditional crafts and new technology to put the dragons back on the building where they belong.
And they want your help to design one of the dragons!
How to enter
To enter your dragon into the competition simply send your design to the team at Blue Peter.
It must be on an A4 piece of paper and we'd also like you to write a paragraph to tell us how you came up with the design, a name for your dragon and their unique super power. Is she a fearsome fire-fighter? Or does he have magical mind-reading abilities?
The winner will see their design turned into a large statue on the Pagoda where it will be on show for at least for one year. The top five runners up will also have their dragons made into giant models as part of an exciting Dragon Adventure Trail that will be open to the public at Kew Palace in Summer 2018.
Visit the Blue Peter website to find out more about the competition and prizes, where to send your entry and the Terms and Conditions.
Download the Time Explorers 'Here be dragons' learning pack
To flame your creative ideas we’ve created this Time Explorers learning pack 'Here be Dragons' which is packed full of background and ideas to help children and families explore the stories of dragons in many cultures.
It provides inspiration for the Blue Peter competition, as well as storytelling and story writing, craft activities, art and design.