Run To The Sun

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Run To The Sun is one of the biggest festivals for car lovers, especially those who enjoy custom, modified and Volkswagens.

Although, you don't have to be huge car lover as Run To The Sun is also a great dance and alternative festival with many big acts and DJs performing sets. Also as the festival is close to the beach, many festival goers go surfing.


2012 line-up, rumours, news and our predictions

There have been some big names announced so far for Run To The Sun 2012. WikiFestivals can confirm that the acts performing include, Jaguar Skills, Mistajam, Shy FX, Judge Jules, Pendulum and many more. For more details on the line-up, click here.

More information on the 2012 line-up will follow shortly on WikiFestivals.

2011 Line-up and past line-up highlights:

2011 line-up consisted of acts such as, Grooverider, Andy C, Sigma, Micky Finn, Tidy DJs, The Vibe, Dumb Blondie, for full details of the 2011 line-up click here.

For past line-ups, click here.


There is a great party like vibe at Run To The Sun. Everyone at the festival is either there for the cars, the music, the surf or for everything. The festival is keeps itself unique from other festivals by having a 'anything goes' atmosphere which the organisers are passionate to keep - A proper festival with nothing corporate or cumbersome.

History and facts

Run To The Sun held its first event back in 1987. The 2012 event will be the festival's 25th anniversary.

The festival can attract up to 100,000 visitors over the 4 days.

Music stages and other entertainment

The live music can be seen in the Main Arena, Arena 2 (2nd Dance Arena), Arena 3 (The Cab Club which turns into a Silent Disco) and Shakin Shake (Acoustic music and general area to relax and chill out).

There are also comedians and other live bands performing at Run To The Sun.

With regards to the cars, there is the Show and Shine held at Newquay Airport where revellers show off their vehicles and others can check them out. There will be official judges from top car magazines picking out their favourite/winning vehicles.

There is an amusement centre housing the latest interactive video games, fruit machines and pool tables.

Cruise and event details


  • The cruise will set off from Reading Service at 9.30am
  • 10.30am: The cruise will pull into and through Leigh Delamare Services (M4), all cars will sound horns to alert new cruise drivers, the cruise will not stop so those who wish to will need to catch up.
  • 13.00pm - 14.00pm: The cruise will arrive at Tauton Dean (M5 between J25 and J26) an will stop for lunch, departing at 14.00pm on the dot.
  • Anyone wishing to join the cruise after should wait at the layby at the start of the A30 Southbound and join the cruise at the end as it passes.


  • Main Arena: Music will begin at 8pm into the early hours.
  • Silent Disco: 8pm onwards

On site information

Noise Volumes:

The noise volumes can get loud the closer you are to a stage, so it's advised to take ear plugs in case you stand near a speaker or close to a stage.


The festival is held in the middle of the UK summer. So summer clothing is recommended as well as plenty of sun-cream.

However this is the UK, so it is advisable to check the weather closer to the time as it is known to rain. Also it maybe warm during the day, it can get cool in the evening so warm/waterproof clothing should be brought too for emergencies.


There is no smoking inside the venues, however smoking is allowed in any outdoor area.

Cash Machines:

There are cash points located around the festival. It is very likely that these cash points will charge so it's advised that you bring enough cash into the festival and it would save you queuing and missing out any of the acts.

Merchandise & Programmes:

There are a number of stalls located around the festival site selling Run To The Sun and act's merchandise and programmes.

Bringing Your Own Alcohol:

Festival goers are allowed to bring their own alcohol for the camp site but are strictly prohibited from bring any into the main arena.

However, please drink responsibly as many of you will be driving back home after the final night's party's. Also if you are bringing a car for the Show and Shine, remember not drink and drive!

General bins and Recycling bins:

There are plenty of general and recycling bins located around the festival site.


Toilets are placed at various locations around the festival site.

Other Information

There is speed limit of 5mph when driving around the camp site. Also as the weather unpredictable, the fields can become very muddy with driving on it being difficult, dangerous and going on impossible. So you might have to park elsewhere and walk to your tent.

Food and drink

There are food vendors at the festival should you wish to purchase food and onsite bars serving a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

Drugs at the festival

Drugs are strictly prohibited from the festival. Anyone found with or using illegal drugs will be removed from the event and the police would be informed.

However drug us does go on at festivals, so if you intend to use any drugs make sure you are careful and in total control of your actions/behaviour. Don't make it obvious your taking drugs, as you will be caught and in neck-deep worth of trouble.

Camping and other accommodation

Run To The Sun has 300 caravans available to rent for the duration of the festival as well as normal camping. There is also a VW only and a VW Camper and Bus area (must have a VW or entry will be denied).

There are hotels and B'n'B's in Newquay if people do not wish to stay in a caravan or camp and can be found on However WikiFestivals does recommend for festival goers to camp or stay in a caravan to get the full festival experience.

If you do choose to stay at a hotel, book early to grab a booking at one of these recommended hotels:

The Windward Hotel, The Pine Lodge, Glendorgal Hotel, and Hotel Rivera

Some caravan and campervan areas are usually alive with music, with many attendees holding min parties, with music blaring out of their car, with some campervan attendees known to bring their own decks!

Location and travel

Run To The Sun is held at the Trevelgue Holiday Park, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4AS.

By Car

Travelling to the festival by car is probably the best way to get to Run To The Sun Festival.

There is a cruise that sets off from Reading Services (M4) at 9.30am where huge convoy of VWs and custom cars will travel to the festival together. There will be many other cars joining the convoy en route at various service stations.

The cruise will pull into Leigh Delamare Services (M4) at 10.30am and drive through to pick up more cars. All drivers should honk their horn to alert new cars to join the cruise when driving through. The cruise won't stop at this station, so if you need to stop you'll have to catch up. The cruise will arrive around 1pm at the Taunton Dean Station (M5 between J25 and J26) and will stop here for an hour for a break and to refuel. Anyone wanting to join the cruise after should wait on the lay-by at the start of the A30 Southbound and join the cruise once it's passed.

If you don't have a car and want to cruise to the festival, you can see if anyone has a spare seat via Liftshare. Also this is a good way to help the environment.

If you want to just head to the festival on your own or in your own time, you plan your journey on AA Route Planner.

By Coach

National Express and Megabus have routes from numerous locations around the UK that travel to Newquay.

By Train

Festival goers can get to Newquay via a train. They can plan their trip with The Trainline.

By Plane

The nearest airport is Newquay Airport with a number of internal destinations available. For those travelling from abroad, London Heathrow Airport is the easiest to get to with transfers from London to Newquay available.

Festival contact and ticket information

Weekend Tickets (including camping):

  • Adult: £75 + £6 booking fee
  • Child: £37.50 + £6 booking fee
  • Adult VW Field Ticket: £75 + £6.00 booking fee
  • Child VW Field Ticket: £37.50 + £6.00 booking fee
  • Adult VW Camper & Bus Field Ticket: £75 + £6.00 booking fee
  • Child VW Camper & Bus Field Ticket: £37.50 + £6.00 booking fee

Caravan Accommodation (includes tickets for the Run To The Sun):

  • 4-berth Caravan £420 (Includes 4 RttS tickets) SOLD OUT
  • 5-berth Caravan £525 (Includes 5 RttS tickets) SOLD OUT
  • 6-berth Caravan £630 (Includes 6 RttS tickets)
  • 7-berth Caravan £735 (Includes 7 RttS tickets)
  • 8-berth Caravan £840 (includes 8 RttS tickets)

For an extra £50 you can extend your caravan to one week. All prices are subject to a £6 booking fee. All caravans require a £50pp damage and behaviour bond which is returnable on departure. If you want to arrive on Thursday, there's an additional fee of £25.

Caravan tickets are not currently available to book on-line so please call 01637 851851. General Run To The Sun Festival tickets can be booked here.