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      25.01.2006 14:39
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      Top weekend of events related to VW's and also a wicked dance festival

      This year is Run to the Suns 20th Birthday, it will be taking place 26-29 May 2006.
      You can book caravans and camping by phoning
      01637 851851.
      But whats it all about?
      Its the largest Custom Car, VW and dance festival in Europe. three day event spread over two sites in Newquay; Trevelgue Holiday Park which is the main event site, and Tregunnel car park in the town which hosts the Show 'n' Shine.
      Trevelgue is host to the main arena its open for 3 nights of live entertainment complete with DJ's,
      visual performers and laser shows.
      There's loads of VW's around Newquay and normally a water fight through the streets of Newquay!
      Its loads of fun! but if you wanna go i seriously suggest you book soon, as a lot of people book straight after being the previous year as its so much fun! And dont worry you dont need to be a proud owner of a VW as the dance festival and general chilled out atmosphere is awsome....

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        07.06.2003 09:37
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        Into cool cars and more importantly looking for fun? Then look no further Run To The Sun is here!

        The first Run To The Sun – more affectionately known as RTTS - waaaaay back in 1987, signalled the ascension of seventy VW fanatics upon Trevelgue Holiday Park… 15 years on, those seventy have blossomed into thousands and there is no cooler place for any Vee Dub fan to be!

        ***What?***
        A 3 day festival devoted to VW and custom cars, cool music and cool people!

        ***Where?***
        Trevelgue Holiday Park, Porth, Cornwall – about a mile outside of Newquay!

        ***When***
        Every year during the Mid-May Bank Holiday weekend!

        ***What’s On?***
        Friday – Most people arrive, pitch their tents and get disgustingly drunk! Those that can still walk/stagger may pop over to the entertainment arenas. You’ve got four to chose from: -
        + The Comedy Club – we popped over to be entertained by the world’s only deaf comedian!
        + The Powerhouse – average-sized club with plenty of cheezy pop and old skool classics!
        + The Chillout Tent – full of smoke and calming lights this is THE place to pass out!
        + The Main Arena – Friday is the night for mad dance beatz!

        Saturday – Plan for the day seems to be wake up… get drunk… before 10am… head into Newquay for a shop/surf/good meal/more drink… head back to the park to watch the Entertainment – this year we watch a mountain-boarding competition and even had a go ourselves!

        Saturday night is of course again PARTAAAAAAAAAAAY night! The same venues are again open with different entertainment. We enjoyed the delightful Mr Scruff and 2002 saw Goldie DJ-ing!

        Sunday – Rise at nine for the show and shine! Undoubtedly the main highlight of the weekend for all car enthusiasts! Head over to the show in Newquay, whether it’s to display your own beauty or dribble at
        the others! We enjoyed seeing a Ghostbusters car – sans Slimer sadly - and all the gorgeous campers!

        Once evening draws head back to Trevelgue and prepare for the Masquerade ball – free mask and glass of champers on the door for all in costume! This year we danced the night (and morning) away to top DJ Timo Maas who was hot off the wheels of Homelands!

        Of course every year has different highlights, different events and different DJ’s but you can always trust the organisers to put on a good show!

        ***How Much Does It Cost?***
        A weekend camping ticket costs £60. Considering most people pay between £100-200 for a weekend festival its quite good value for money – and far friendlier and safer than other festivals! This covers a pitch for your tent and access to all entertainment!

        If you wish to hire a caravan you’re looking at paying £80-£100 per person. Caravans cater for groups of 6-10.

        You can also pay a little supplement and stay on for a week – a great idea if you’ve travelled a long way and can get the time off work!

        Once you’re on site prices are quite good – the food is average price and the drinks are relatively cheap - £2 a pint!

        ***Where Can I Sleep?***
        The popular choice is in a tent – or in a camper van if you are lucky to have one or can befriend someone who does! Although other options include in a bush – only if you are very very drunk or in a caravan! Yes as you may have guessed Trevelgue also has many a static caravan to rent! These help protect you from the elements and offer the obvious facilities you’d expect – own toilet/own kitchen/own bedroom/own lounge!

        ***How Clean Is It?***
        VERY! Having been to Glasto, Reading and other festivally type places I was expecting the worse… but was actually pleasantly surprised! There are loads of port-a-loos and a good selection of port-a-showers. T
        hey’re supplied by “Andy’s Loos” and we observed Andy coming to clean them twice a day! Impressive! Obviously a public loo is a public loo so don’t expect Buckingham Palace… but the showers are simply orgasmic with warm water for all!

        As for a scale of mudiness… it rained a fair amount this yea but the ground stayed remarkably firm… a pair of old trainers are advisable footwear though!

        ***Marks out of 10 for Fun and Festivities***
        10!!! It’s an absolutely smashing weekend – well run and well organised with fun fun fun all the way!

        ***How Do I Book?***
        Call 01637 851851 now! You can book using Switch, Visa or Mastercard (no Solo though sorry). There is a small booking fee of £4 though.

        ***Extra’s***
        + On site shop
        + Lots of Medics
        + Samaritan tent
        + Frequent Bus service to Newquay
        + Amusement Arcade
        + 24 hour café on site
        + Play area!!!!!!!

        ***Weasey’s Top 10 Things To Take!***
        1. A VW!!! Being at RTTS is fun on its own but if you own or can blag a lift in a VW you’ll fit in so much better than if you turn up in a Fiat Punto (not that I’m knocking my wee car! lol)
        2. Alcohol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need you ask why?
        3. Bottle Opener – no comment either!
        4. Selection of novelty hats – make yourself noticeable… in my experience notoriety involved many free drinks!
        5. Cooking utensils – a good camping stove fry up does wonders for settling stomachs!
        6. Glo-Sticks – such fun when you’re on a mad one in the dance arena!
        7. A water gun - mwhahahaha
        8. Disposable camera – so you can relive the fun forever!
        9. Hygienic produce – the showers are quite nice and well worth a quick dip into!
        10. Anything a little out of the ordinary – from Didgeridoo’s to Raleigh Choppers anything goes at RTTS! Once again notoriety is
        the name of the game!

        ***Weasey’s Top 10 Things To Do Before You Leave!***
        1. Get some masking tape and put RTTS on your back window then join the mass convoy down organised by “Volksworld” magazine!
        2. Get a conga going across the slippery pipe which crosses the stream outside the main arena.
        3. Walk to the top of the hill opposite the campsite, do the YMCA on the top then proceed to roll down the hill.
        4. Slide down aforementioned hill on a borrowed car bonnet/bread tray/surfboard/slidy thing.
        5. Create an outfit solely out of bin bags.
        6. Go surfing! Come on it’s Cornwall and I don’t care it if it’s sub-zero just hire a wetsuit for a fiver and have a good old wee!
        7. Buy a pasty from pasty lady (she lives in a wee garage outside the Powerhouse and is from Devon – not Cornwall – so subsequently does not drive a green trackurrr!) Oh and her pasties are quite nice too!
        8. Visit “The Springbok” pub in Newquay and take part in the special RTTS wet T-shirt competition!
        9. Squeeze a bouncers bum – I don’t know how they do it but RTTS recruit THE hottest set of bouncers!
        10. Most importantly HAVE FUN!

        www.runtothesun.co.uk


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          21.05.2003 05:00
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          THIS USED TO B GOOD YEARS AGO LOTS OF REAL GOOD VARIATION ON CARS PLUS THE USUAL VW CLONES BUT A LOT OF FUN ON THE WAY DOWN AND WHEN U GET THERE.BUT THEN IT SEEM TO GET TAKEN OVER BY MOSTLY VW,S THEN LATER EVEN WORSE GOLFS! AND OTHER ASSORTED FRONT WHEEL DRIVE BOY RACER SH*TE + BOG STANDARD CARS AND THE PRICES AROUND TOWN/CAMP SITES WENT STUPID, WE USED TO LIVE IN NEWQUAY BUT MOST BH WEEKENDS WE WOULD LEAVE AS THE IDIOTS ARRIVE AND THE PRICES GO THRU THE ROOF. IF U LIKE ACTING LIKE A PRETEND SURFER OR ALI G CUZ U DONT REALISE HES TAKING THE P*SS, U ENJOY BOY RACERS IN FRONT WHEEL DRIVE DRIVVEL BLARING CRAP MUSIC, OR LOVE CLONED BEETLES AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE PROSPECT OF PAYING MORE FOR A WEEKEND IN YOUR OWN TENT THAN A CHEAP HOL IN SPAIN AND RELISH IN QUEING DOWN THE STREET TO GET INTO A CLUB TO CATCH THE LAST 1/2 HR AND PAYING £16 FOR THE PRIVALEDGE NOT TO MENTION DRINKS! COME ON DOWN! I GUESS IF U R TOLD ITS ,,COOL,, ENOUGH TIMES U BELIEVE IT EH? LOL

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            22.10.2002 03:50
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            Run to the sun is the best VW and modified festival in Britain. THe atmosphere is electric and teh cars, woman, woman in the cars and for you ladies the surfers, are fantastic. The best place to stay is the Travelgue holiday park. The camp site used by run to the sun. Booking a ticket isnt essential as the fun can be had in newquay its self. However to enjoy the benefits of cheap camping, or caravan should you wish, along with the dance tents, comedy clubs and the chillout tent, I recommend you invest in a ticket, which you can get by going to the web site www.runtothesun.co.uk. This year the DJ's were fantastic with Goldie getting everyones pulses rising in the main arena. That was at night however. During the day i suggest a waterproff coat of swim suit, for both the unpredictable weather and the bombardment of water from all angles, reguardless of who you are or what you are doing. SO warning if you have a convertable with great interior, just don't drive!!!!!!! There are plenty of bars to be found in Newquay all day and all night. Drinking goes on at all hours of the day, so believe me there is no time for hangovers until you go home!!! The Vw's and modified cars is the main idea behind the festival, and there are plenty of them to be seen, some you would just love to have others you pitty the poor fool who has to drive such a thing. THe show and shine event being the place to catch all the Campers, beetles bugs and other drips and drabs. I for one will be showing off my beetle next year. There is a down side to the festival hower, the area becomes and will become even more crowded, so if you dont want that then this isnt the place to be during one weekend of your life. The drive into and from Newquay can be a slow one, and always a wet one. So best to walk if close by. The drive from wherever you are coming from in Britain can be realy slow, with so many people with so many cars travelling down to one place, so get there
            early. If you do howver own a VW why not join in the convoy of VWs heading sown, details can be found on the web site closer to the time. But i will say this, if you like sun surf and VW's, get your shoes on and run down to the Fun!!!!!

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              11.09.2001 19:07

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              Too in yer face - VWs excellent though - Advantages: Cool VWs - Disadvantages: Too many people, Hooligan element, Not really Cornwall

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              06.03.2001 01:46
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              This has got to be the best weekend in Newquay, if you are planning to come down to Newquay this is the time to do it. Speaking as a local (living 5 minutes from the town centre) I enjoy every minute of Run to the Sun. Throughout the years it has changed from being a Volts wagon event to a boy racer event. Last year the number of boy racers greatly outnumbered Beetles, which in my opinion is a good thing, Beetles are not great to look at and once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. This year there have been rumours that a number of magazines are coming down to Newquay to take pictures etc. Last year Max Power and Redline were there! A good tip for this weekend would be not to try and drive into the town. It gets very busy and most of the time traffic is at a standstill. If you are staying miles away drive as near as you can get, park in one of the back streets and walk in. The water-pistol thing has died down, last year there were not many people shooting you in the street. The evenings are the best part! If you are planning on a nightclub get in there early because they get very busy and prices tend to go up so the earlier you get in the cheaper it will be. They usually have guest DJ’s down that weekend, usually someone from Radio 1. If you are not planning on a nightclub then the entertainment around the town is enough to keep you busy. The boy-racer type thing is usually happening all night. Once a car-park/empty space is found you can watch the burnouts/wheelspins etc. for hours. I stayed until 2.30 in the morning last year and it was still happening when I left. The bad point being that you have to drive around to look for this type of entertainment because obviously you can’t just do it in the middle of the street! I wouldn’t say that Newquay was the cheapest place to stay but this weekend is definitely worth the money, especially if you are into cars/stere
              os etc. If you are planning to stay in a hotel make sure you book early because it is very busy and remember that even though it is supposed to be summer time British weather is never what you expect. Bring a big coat!!!

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              07.02.2001 14:50
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              May bank holiday. The time where tourists and locals alike go completely mad in Newquay. ‘Why?’ I hear you ask, four words is my answer… ‘Run to the Sun’. ‘Run to the Sun’ is a famous festival worshipping…. Cars?!!! That’s right. People travel hundreds of miles (apparently) to show off their custom built, modified and restored cars (mostly VW’s although there are many others) and to see others doing the same thing. Half the male population stare with jealousy at the beautiful machines, whilst the other half stare at the beautiful women (isn’t that right guys?!). The girls go to worship the sun (if there happens to be a break in the cloud) and to worship the men (after all it is Newquay). Being Newquay, this isn’t the only reason people attend the festival. Apart from the added bonus of it being a bank holiday, the prolific nightlife continues on as ever and, for this weekend, there are also stages where a variety of DJ’s play. Now, I’m not a big ‘DJ follower’ but Newquay often has big name Radio 1 DJ’s as well as other ‘famous’ performers. On top of this, there are competitions plus all the other things you can do in Newquay, even when there is no special event on. Surfing, swimming and sunbathing are popular activities, and if you get bored of this you can always go shopping or get a bite to eat. Be careful when you are riding/walking around the streets – often there are people with water pistols waiting to soak whoever they can, and they don’t care if you have an open top with suede seats or if your wearing a white t-shirt that does see-through when wet! All the fun is based around Trevelgue Holiday Park in Newquay, and if you want more information check out http://www.runtothesun.co.uk,. Please heed the warning, however, the title sequence does include strobing effects and it also takes a while to comp
              lete. The website isn’t that special, but it provides added information should you be interested. Alternatively phone 01637 851851 for more details. I along with many other inhabitants of Cornwall will be avoiding the place like the plague, but we are in the minority! I’m sure this year’s event (25th-28th May 2001) will be another huge success, although not everyone will be happy about it. The people attending will have a great time I’m sure.

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