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Run To the Sun Newquay VW Rally May Bank Holiday Weekend

Updated on September 26, 2016

What is Run to the Sun (RTTS)?

Run to the Sun is a VW weekend festival at Newquay, that's been held at Trevelgue Holiday Park, just outside Newquay, since 1987. Known as RTTS, Run to the Sun has grown every year since then and is now one of the biggest VW and Custom Car shows around and the biggest VW Rally May bank holiday event in the country.

The VW festival is also often referred to as VW Newquay as it's so well-known. VW Newquay 2013 is to be held from Friday 24 May 2013 to 27 May - and will be the last VW Newquay ever held - yes, the very last VW Rally May bank holiday weekend in Newquay is this year, 2013.

RTTS is based at Trevelgue, which puts on a whole weekend of entertainment on the holiday park, including lots of music tents and top names.

The RTTS weekend is always held on the late May Bank Holiday, with cars arriving in convoy from the Thursday onwards. There are organised cruises all the way from London. Volksworld lead one cruise from Reading to Newquay, while other groups organise their own cruises, knowing they'll all meet up somewhere en route, creating traffic jams going back miles as over 100,000 people head for the sun in Newquay for the weekend. The RTTS cruise has been known to be 1,000 cars long!

It's traditional that if you're part of the RTTS crowd you put up a sign in or on your car in some way with the letters RTTS.

Most of the weekend, the rally is contained within the Trevelgue Holiday Park, but as everybody is an individual and in their own groups, the town finds it is inundated with impromptu cruises around and through the town, bringing it virtually to a standstill most of the weekend.

Run to the Sun, RTTS, Show n Shine, VW Newquay, Cornwall.
Run to the Sun, RTTS, Show n Shine, VW Newquay, Cornwall. | Source

Entertainment at the Run to the Sun

Over the years, the entertainment on offer at the RTTS has just kept growing and now they have no less than five separate arenas erected, with DJs, live music playing all day long and well into the evening, bars and food outlets.

Run to the Sun, RTTS,  VW Newquay Show N Shine
Run to the Sun, RTTS, VW Newquay Show N Shine | Source

Run to the Sun Accommodation

While a lot of people will turn up in their VW camper vans - and want to sleep in them, there are others who bring tents and stay in the Trevelgue camping fields. When you buy a ticket for RTTS in includes your camping ticket.

Additionally, as Trevelgue is a large Holiday Park, there are plenty of caravans to be booked for the weekend - over 300 in total. The prices to hire a caravan are exceptionally reasonable, with 4-berth to 9-berth caravans available, working out (at full occupancy) at just £100/person. However, if you read the small print you'll see that you can stay for the whole week for just a further £50 (per van, not per person), making it daft not to. Why queue with everybody else for hours on the motorway and go home when for just a few quid extra you get the week!

So, check that deal out and plan to stay for the week ... you know it makes sense!

Run to the Sun, RTTS, VW Newquay
Run to the Sun, RTTS, VW Newquay | Source

Run to the Sun Show and Shine Event

One part of the RTTS that does happen away from Trevelgue is the annual Show N Shine event. This is usually held in the Tregunnel Hill Public Car Park (TR7 1QT for Satnav) and is completely open and free for anybody to walk around and see all the cars that people have... so a great free day out looking at the VW campers, custom cars and admiring the effort that's gone into them.

The Show N Shine is open to anybody who has a car they want to show off - they don't have to be a ticket holder of RTTS at all. All the cars are then assessed and prizes awarded by The National Association of Street Cars, with cash prizes going to the winners.

Run to the Sun 2013: 24-27 May 2013

Last Run to the Sun ever!

The 2013 Run to the Sun will be the last one ever as the organisers will no longer be running it.

The VW 2013 May bank holiday weekend tickets cost £75 and nightly tickets cost £28. The fun starts on Friday 24 May 2013, spanning the Bank Holiday weekend through to the Monday.

Run to the Sun, RTTS, Newquay. VW Campervan.  VW Newquay
Run to the Sun, RTTS, Newquay. VW Campervan. VW Newquay | Source
VW Convoy to VW Newquay / Run to the Sun
VW Convoy to VW Newquay / Run to the Sun | Source

Run to the Sun Transport

Getting There

If you don't have a car or a lift, then RTTS is part of the liftshare network, so you can get online and arrange a lift for yourself.

Alternatively, you could arrive by plane to Newquay Airport - which is just about 2-3 miles from the Trevelgue campsite.

If you arrive by train, you can either catch the train to St Austell station, then get off and catch the bus to Newquay (the distance between the train station and the bus station is about 30 paces as they're literally next to each other). Or, you can stay on the train, change at Par and arrive at Newquay Station - just check the timings, there can be a long wait at Par, then the train travels at about jogging pace, so it might be easier to get off and hop on a bus. From Newquay train station, or Newquay itself, you'll need to find a Western Greyhound bus (probably coloured green) that'll take you out to Trevelgue.

Western Greyhound provide an excellent bus service to and from Trevelgue for the weekend of RTTS.

National Express coaches will bring you into Newquay bus station - from there just find the Western Greyhound bus stop and wait for the next bus.

Megabus and Megatrain are options too.

RTTS, Western Greyhound buses provide a regular bus service to the VW Newquay location.
RTTS, Western Greyhound buses provide a regular bus service to the VW Newquay location. | Source

Local Travel Around Newquay

Trevelgue is a bit out of town, down a narrow dark lane, so you can't really walk it from the town, but there will be lots of regular buses to/from Trevelgue, conveniently, there's really only one route so if you're walking on the road between the two the bus will pass you by - so if you start to walk and can't make it, just get to the next bus stop and wait, it won't be long.

There are plenty of taxis in Newquay and at Trevelgue that will take you in/out of town.

Directions to Run to the Sun/VW Newquay 2013

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A markerRun to the Sun -
Trevelgue Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4AS, UK
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B markerNewquay Airport -
Newquay Cornwall Airfield (NQY), Newquay, Cornwall TR8, UK
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Newquay Airport, Cornwall - close to the VW Newquay 2013 Festival.

Directions to Run to the Sun

Run to the Sun is hosted by Trevelgue Holiday Park, just 2-3 miles north of Newquay.

Address: Trevelgue Holiday Park, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4AS
Telephone: 01637 872343


Newquay Airport

Newquay airport is just a couple of miles away.

Newquay Railway Station

The railway station is in Newquay town: Newquay railway station

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      Brebree 7 years ago

      This is really neat! Wish I were there. I am here in Texas though.

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      AL 7 years ago

      RTTS - this is the same weekend as our wedding anniversary and every year since 2003 we've been in the US and so unable to attend - up until this year - so having spent our honeymoon in Ibiza and own a 71 Westy this is the pinnnacle of a weekend away - fun fun fun, oh and we'll leave the kids behind mind. hehe

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      Dedicated Content Curator 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Last Run to the Sun ever this year. RTTS is ending after the 2013 VW Festival.

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      mary litchfield 3 years ago

      How do i get tickets to this?? its my 1st year with a VW T25 :)

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      Dedicated Content Curator 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      You can get tickets for the 2013 Run to the Sun, RTTS, Rally through the RTTS website at

    Run to the Sun, RTTS, VW Newquay
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