Rock fans heading to Download Festival can refresh and refuel at Central England Co-op

Posted by james brindle | Published: 09/06/2022

Music lovers heading to Download Festival this weekend can enjoy everything from a cheap breakfast to free toilet facilities thanks to Central England Co-op.

The retailer’s store, in Station Road, is pulling out all the stops as thousands of music fans descend on nearby Donington Park for a memorable weekend of music after missing out on the ‘normal’ festival experience over the last two years due to Covid, with the likes of Kiss, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro taking to the stage for this year’s event.

Festival goers can rock up to the store café and enjoy a five-item breakfast for just £3.30 or an eight-item breakfast for £3.90.

They can also use the free toilet facilities and can enjoy breakfast in the store café between 7am and 3pm this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 10am-3pm this Sunday.

There’s also great deals on beers and spirits with 20 bottles of Coors Light for £13, 18 cans of Carling lager for £14.50, Jack Daniels 70cl £21 and Smirnoff Vodka 70cl £15 and Gordon Gin 70cl £15. There’s also a 24 pack of Coca Cola Zero at £8.

Festival goers will also find a free cash machine at the store site.

Store Manager Matt Simpson said: “We’re so proud to be part of a great community in Castle Donington and it’s been a real shame not to have that same buzz we would usually get when the festival is on, and people are coming and going from the site over the last two years.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back festival goers this year and are ready with some great deals on a hot breakfast in our café and food and drink in our store to keep them fuelled and stocked up for what will hopefully be a great weekend of music.”

All current Central England Co-op deals on food and drink can be found at


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

Press office contact: James Brindle, Public Relations Lead

Contact details: email and telephone 07392 080028.