The joy of home – Central England Co-op will have you holiday ready for the ultimate ’staycation’

Summer is here and holidaying in the UK is growing in popularity1.The UK looks set to continue to be a popular destination in 2019, with 59% of people planning a domestic break2, but some people are taking the ’staycation‘ to the next level and holidaying in their own home.

A familiar bed and surroundings to relax in and the neglected barbecue waiting in the garden can be the ingredients for a great, budget and environmentally-friendly break. Follow our guide to be sure of a memorable ’homecation’.

Sampling new things is part of a holiday, so why not bring some colour to your plate with Irresistible Pea and Pancetta Cappallacci (£3.20, 250g), or a new cuisine such as Co-op Moroccan Chicken Cous Cous (£2.95, 208g)?

Central England Co-op has some great deals on Fairtrade wine to enjoy at home including Chardonnay, Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc on offer at just £53. Pick up the perfect accompaniment of the award-winning Co-op Irresistible Sea Salt and Chardonnay Nuts (£2.75, 200g).

Preparation is also key on the cleaning front. Spruce up your home the week before to avoid getting distracted by everyday chores while you relax. Why not add some flowers and candles to make it feel extra special?

Speaking of candles, if you look forward to a spa treat on your hols, recreate it at home with some relaxing bath and shower products and magazines, all available at your local Central England Co-op.

Starting the day right (after a nice lie in) is a measure of a good break for many, so pop some quality sausages, bacon, free range eggs, freshly-baked bread or croissants from our in-store bakery, juice and some great quality Fairtrade tea or coffee in your basket at the start of your break and cook up a late breakfast to set you up for a relaxing day.

Ice creams are a staple holiday item, so stock up on some refreshingly different ice cream treats including the new single Rainbow Uni-Cone (£1, 135ml), or Co-op Watermelon Lollies (£2, 270g). Outdoor toys will help to keep children entertained and a range can be picked up at your local store throughout the summer. Round off your homecation with a barbecue and pop on some healthy Co-op Salmon Fillets (£4 for 220g, or buy 2 for £7 or 3 for £10) or Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Drumsticks (£3.20, 350g or 2 for £4 until 6 August), accompanied by salads, cold meats, and cottage cheese from our chilled range.

Homecation planning checklist:

  • Top up on cleaning products and make your home sparkle
  • Plan a menu for the week and shop in advance
  • Choose from our Summer food range to ensure convenience and interest
  • Try a new cuisine
  • Buy flowers
  • Pop some outdoor toys in your basket
  • Remember to pick up some magazines
  • Relax


1 Sykes Staycation Index 2019

2 ABTA Holiday Habits 2018

3 Offer applies 17th July – 13th August


Notes to editors

Picture captions: 1. Try something new such as this Irresistible Pea and Pancetta Cappallacci. 2. Enjoy great deals on wine to enjoy at home  3. A clean home makes for an enjoyable staycation  4. The refreshingly fun unicone is perfect to enjoy in the garden this summer.

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

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