Six of the Best things to banish those back to work blues in Leeds...

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It’s back to school and back to work but if you still feel a pulse beating in those veins and you fancy throwing caution to the wind, here’s six things you could try to banish those back to work blues.

Bubble Football

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Picture the scene... you’ve set up the pass and made it past the last defender and the ball is heading right for your foot. But instead of hoofing it over the bar (as you inevitably would), you’re spared that embarrassment because some wingnut decides there’s still time for a late tackle and because you’re both wearing a bubble suits on your upper torsos, you are instead turned into a human marble and send careering across the field, with the excuse that if you mate hadn’t have bobbled (a technical term associated with the sport) into you, you’d have pulled off the perfect goal. footballzorbing.co.uk

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Body snatchers and more, with Ken Goor

If you’ve never been on one of Ken Goor’s narrated walks around Leeds, then you’re missing out. Most normally begin and end at a pub and often involve visiting others along the way but the main draw here is Ken’s deep knowledge of the city and its rich history.

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He will open your eyes to some of the more gruesome and startling facts about the city and its past inhabitants. The walks are generally relatively moderate and affordable. Contact him at: goorsguiding@btinternet.com or phone 0113 2526807/07742223926

Tick Tock Unlock

Did you ever want to take part in the Channel 4 adventure-puzzle game The Crystal Maze? Or perhaps you are a fan of computer ‘escape games’, or even murder mysteries. Well, the following suggestion crosses all those genres and in so doing has created an entirely new one - it’s called a ‘live escape game’ and it involves teams of three to six people being ‘locked’ inside a room. You then have one hour to escape by solving various puzzles and retrieving keys and thereby unlocking further riddles. It was number one on TripAdvisor for months. See ticktockunlock.co.uk

Karting

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Fancy yourself as something of a Jenson Button? Think you can apex a corner and put the pedal to the metal as you and a group of friends hurtle around a track at breakneck speed? If you’ve ever entertained delusions of grandeur while watching motorsports but don’t have the money to try the real thing, then karting is the next best thing and because you are so close to the ground, 30mph will seem like 60mph. There are numerous places across Leeds, including Chequered Flag, Guiseley, F1 Indoor Karting, Leeds and Karting Nation to mention just three.

Air Balloon Ride

If you just want to get away from it all and see things from a different perspective, then why try a hot air balloon ride over Leeds.

Setting off from Temple Newsam, you will soar high above the 1,500 acre Tudor-Jacobean mansion, then drift south on the wind over the River Aire and toward Wakefield. On a clear day, it’s even possible to see the River Humber from way up there.

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For more information look at: www.virginballoonflights.co.uk or google ‘hot air balloon leeds’.

Cafe Scientifique

Ever fancied arguing point over why Marxist economics tops Keynes? Or how about pontificating on why the ozone layer is so important (or not)? If you’ve an intellectual scratch you want to itch, the Cafe Scientifique is definitely worth a visit. Set in a friendly atmosphere, it regularly attracts top academics and experts in their field to explain often cutting edge science, and then take questions thereafter.

It was founded by the late Duncan Dallas (pictured) and has spawned many spin-offs, including Cafe Economique, also in Leeds. For more information, see: www.cafe-sci.org.uk

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PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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