A History of Newquay’s Famous Run to the Sun Festival

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Run to the Sun was a cornerstone of Newquay’s history for over 20 years. Over it’s lifetime, it grew into one of the largest VW, Custom Car and Dance events in the Europe. When the festival was launched in 1987 only 70 cars turned up, but it continued to grow in size each year. Thousands of car and music enthusiasts from across the UK and beyond travelled to Trevelgue Holiday Park in Newquay to indulge in this annual festival, attracting over 100,000 people to Newquay.

The introduction of the legendary main arena in 1996 proved to be a big success and has played host to the world’s top DJ’s over the years. The indoor swimming pool was transformed every year into a 6000 capacity dance arena, complete with visuals to impress the crowd.

Run to the Sun 2005 proved to be one of the biggest so far. Over 10,000 people visited Trevelgue Holiday Park and 25,000 to the Show n Shine, making it the hottest festival in the Southwest. Hot! Hot! Hot! 3 days of non-stop entertainment and some of the finest cars and DJ’s you will ever see.

Virus Events worked for many years to produce outstanding line-ups in the Main Arena, hosting some of the finest DJ’s of the time such as the Plump DJ’s, the Freestylers DJ’s, Mauro Picotto and Scott Project. The stage also had live performances including dancers and many more sexy performers. The event also had arenas for top class comedians and live bands.

The main show was usually held on the Sunday at Tregunnel Car Park in Newquay. This is where you had the chance to put your VW baby on full view alongside some of the finest cars in Europe. Volksworld magazine and the NASC (National Association of Street Clubs) judged the competition, giving away cash prizes and trophies donated by Trevelgue Holiday Park.

These days, Newquay is more well known for the Boardmasters and Electric Beach festivals amongst many other events.

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