Discover the new Dinky Door that appeared in a Cambridge park this weekend
Dare you fight the Knight Rider? Dinky Doors have ventured out of the city centre with their latest creation - a secret door for the infamous Knight Rider of Wandlebury Park.
The miniature gateway in the shape of an ancient, leather-bound book has appeared in the park over the weekend.
And it offers the bravest adventurers a chance to book an appointment with the Knight Rider, who is available for fights (as long as his diary isn’t too full) and is thought to burst through when you challenge him to a duel.
Dinky Doors said; “We heard about the legend of the Knight Rider in Wandlebury Country Park who rides a horse and appears in the night to accept challenges to a fight.
“He hasn’t been seen since he was defeated, according to legend, but he is definitely still alive and even managed to throw a spear at the person who claimed to have defeated him.
“We have been on the lookout for a hero, or maybe a detective or a spy who could help us find our Supreme Leader after he disappeared last year when his dinky spaceship crashed.
“We’re hoping that person is the Knight Rider, who reminds us a lot of our favourite 80’s TV character.”
Back when we left our adventurers, they were searching for their Supreme Leader who had crashed to earth in a miniature spaceship - still visible just outside the Museum of Technology - and had disappeared.
Now they are hoping the fabled Knight Rider of Wandlebury Country park will come to the rescue and they have created a Dinky Door that will draw him out into the open.
The new door is a large, leather-bound appointments book which sports an email address where brave challengers can contact the knight. But turn the page again and you will discover his dinky booking office, complete with miniature phone, lance, sword, shield and a trapdoor with a ladder leading out of the room.
Dinky Doors said: “We know these kinds of heroes generally come and find you if you need help. There is a trap door in the room and we haven’t explored all the corridors underneath but we think he might live down there.
“We hope he will turn up and we can win him over to search for the Supreme Leader. And if anyone spots the Knight Rider, please take a picture of him.
“If people do come and visit the new Dinky Door, we have a sign up to remind them about social distancing and to wash their hands afterwards.”
Other Dinky Doors around the city include Love From Above, in All Saints Passage, the Reality Checker, which eagle-eyed visitors to Parker’s Piece may have noticed, The Ride and Park portal to Wandlebury Country Park is on Jesus Green, and the Teleport-O-Matic machine that is tucked away between some very well-known phone boxes. There’s also Number 10 and 1/4 Downing Street, a Dinky post office and the Wonder Emporium. Alas a further door has disappeared. Find out more at dinkydoors.co.uk.
James Littlewood, CEO of cambridge Past, Present and Future - which runs Wandlebury Country Park - said: " The Gog Magog Hills have attracted myth and legend since the middle-ages. One ghostly tale comes from Gervase of Tilbury who, in 1219, told that Wandlebury was once ruled by a dark night-rider who seemingly no mortal could defeat. Anyone brave enough to test their prowess had to ride up into Wandlebury on a moonlit night and cry "knight to knight, come forth!". The warrior would appear on horseback, ready to fight until he or his opponent was dismounted.
"We think the new Dinky addition is great. It is a door into the fascinating history of Wandlebury, merging history, myth, present day reality and pop art, in a fun and accessible way. For example, there really is a secret tunnel full of bats at Wandlebury. We think the new door really adds something extra to the Park and hope that people will have fun hunting for it and enjoying the door when they find it. Wandlebury is 60 hectares in size and the door is 30cm, so it could be a challenge that takes a while. It might help to know what you are looking for, so we would recommend checking out the video and clues on the Dinky Doors website."
Entry to the park is free and it is open daily from 8am-8pm. There is a £3 car parking charge which can be paid by text or online during the Covid crisis.