Roller racing to slacklining - are you ready for the Family Adventure Festival?

9:28am Friday 31st May 2013

By Patrick Gough

THRILL–SEEKERS are in for an adrenaline soaked weekend with plenty of activities planned for the Family Adventure Festival.

The festival will feature a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for adults and children along with expert advice, amazing demos, while providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase clothing, equipment and accessories.

The main part of the festival, the BH Live Adventure Hub will take place at the BIC.

The BH Live Adventure Hub will be split into four zones, which will each contain a number of attractions, experts and exhibition stands.

The On Your Bike zone will predictably be all about cycling. Following Britain’s successes in the Tour de France and Olympics last year, the Getting About Bike Clinic will offer visitors the best cycling advice.

Discuss the best bike for you, how to get involved with your local club, bike maintenance and more. Got some speed in those legs? Children and adults can have a spin at the festival and have a go on the Getting About Rollapaluza roller racing – a unique concept pitting two people head to head and against the clock.

The amazing Animal Bike Tour display team will also be on hand, featuring Trials Legend Martyn Ashton, and Professional Mountain Bike rider Blake Samson coming to the festival. They’ll be hosting a number of demos each day, wowing the crowds with their precision and big air displays.

If you’ve got aspirations to become a top mountain biker, you may want to test your skills on the Big Air Biking attraction, which will allow visitors to go down a ramp and sail over a jump into a giant airbag.

On Foot is an area dedicated to walking, climbing, slacklining and much more. Supporting the Britain on Foot campaign, the area will give visitors the inspiration to get outdoors and active. The zone will feature a selection of climbing towers, suitable for all abilities, Spider Mountain, a huge inflatable providing lots of fun for families and a mini high ropes course.

That’s not all. The Maverick Slacklines crew, including some of the UK’s best slackers will be competing for the 2013 Portlebay UK Slackline Open at the festival.

A number of slacklines will also be set up, suitable for showing off their best tricks and offering visitor’s taster sessions.

24Seven had a taste of this truly unique urban sport last week and highly recommend having a go.

Slackliners use the Maverick slackline – a bouncing tightrope – to perform an astonishing mix of acrobatic tricks, such as seat drops and backflips.

The Go Wild zone is set to feature the Bushcraft Wilderness Camp, offering visitors an insight into den building, fire lighting, and how to survive in the harshest environments.

The zone will also feature one of the festival highlights, a 30m zipwire offering children and adults a unique, high flying experience.

Finally the Get Inspired zone will feature talks from a number of experts with bags of passion and drive for what they do. The zone will also welcome the governing bodies from a range of sports.

Many of the organisations will be offering free taster sessions.

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