Urban adventurers get a chance to rock during outdoor pursuits show

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Adrenaline junkies can try a latest American craze when it arrives an outdoor pursuits show in the centre of one of Yorkshire’s biggest cities.

“Slack lining” is just one attractions on show during the Yorkshire Outdoor Pursuits Show in Leeds’s Millenium Square next month.

The extreme balance sport, developed in California in the late 1970s, involves daredevils walking and performing tricks along a stretchy tightrope-like length of webbing.

A spokeswoman said: “Some people questioned why we have decided to bring an outdoors show to the centre of Leeds.

“But within a 20-mile radius of Leeds almost every type of outdoor activity imaginable can be found and the show is gaining momentum now.

“Our aim is to make the event as spectacular as we can with iconic interactivity at the heart of it.”

The show, which runs from August 17 to 19, will feature displays from mountain biker Ben Savage and his team as well as a 50-metre “zip line”, a climbing wall and a course of lower ropes.

The Rokt firm, based in Brighouse near Huddersfield, will bring two of its “bouldering systems” and a bus containing a replica caving system will also be there.

Experts will also be teaching bushcraft and survival skills,

The event is supported by Welcome to Yorkshire and Rat Race Adventure Sports, and organised by Halifax-based JP Events North in association with the Yorkshire Post.

Entry costs £5 each for adults but is free for under-16s, but riding the zip line will cost £1 for everyone.

Fuller details of the trade exhibitors have been published online – at www.outdoorpursuitsyorkshire.co.uk – and advance tickets can also be booked online using the website.