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Countless bespoke and package trips available

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Give us a call and one of our experienced travel agency advisers can offer assistance in booking your holiday.

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Visit us in store and one of our helpful members of staff can help book your holiday for you.

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We have a number of latest offers available on holiday types, destinations and last minute deals.

Holiday types

Chat to one of our friendly advisers now to discuss your holiday requirements, or visit us in-store

Braintree Travel Branch

Call us Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm
  01376 551444

Chelmsford Travel Branch

Call us Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm
  01245 490290

Featured destinations

We have thousands of other holidays available in-store, get in touch to find out more.

Why choose Co-op Travel

from a local independent co-operative?

Wide choice of tailored holidays

We’re not tied to a single tour operator, so you have the widest choice of holidays possible.

Plus, we ensure ABTA will provide financial protection for your added peace of mind.

Knowledgeable advisers nearby

Our helpful and well-travelled staff will help you plan the perfect holiday to suit you and your needs.

Being a local agent, it means we’re conveniently close by if you want to discuss your holiday face-to-face.

Earn membership points & dividend

As a Chelmsford Star Co-op member you’ll earn membership points on your holiday too, ensuring a nice dividend later in the year.

We’ll also reinvest the money you spend with us back into Essex.


The team went out of their way to fit all our ‘wish list’ into the itinerary. Best. Family. Holiday. Ever.



Neal, Romford


My adviser at Co-op travel was simply fantastic and removed all the stress of booking a holiday. I found my dream trip via the Co-op website and then called to make my final booking. They talked me through all the different options available which meant I really did have my dream holiday.

Kevin, Chelmsford




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All aboard!

Our cruise evening on Friday (27th Sept) was a great success. Representatives from top cruise companies including Saga, Princess Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Silversea and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Customers found it beneficial and enjoyed chatting with the...

Important Notice: Thomas Cook Holidays

In light of today’s news regarding Thomas Cook: As an independent travel agent our priority is to ensure that all of our customers currently out in resort get back safely to the UK safely.We are contacting customers who are currently on holiday with Thomas Cook by...

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With our cruise evening coming up next week (27th September) we thought it would be useful to share 101 incredible cruise ship facts. Every single cruise ship in operation today is the result of incredible feats of engineering – all offering awe-inspiring sights as...

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Join the Saga sapphire in 2019/20 to say farewell…

2019/20 will be Saga Sapphire's final season, so Saga has prepared a wonderful calendar of cruises, culminating in five spectacular new voyages. Plus her cruises include unlimited onboard drinks... Our very own Stephanie Giarnese writes about her ‘Scandinavian...

Top 5 winter experience breaks

Christmas is on the way, a time for family, food and great memories... or, if you're like most people, a time for fretting in the kitchen, stressing about the in-laws, and wishing desperately that you can be somewhere else having it all done for you. It could be time...

Top 5 winter experience breaks

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Welcome legislation allays no-deal Brexit concerns for flights

With things so uncertain surrounding Brexit right now, we had some welcome news for those with concerns over European flights in a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

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Missing Love Island? Head over to our Facebook page for your chance to win goodies…

Missing Love Island? Then l👀k no further... We have teamed up with our partners & Jet2holidays to offer you the chance to WIN a Love Island/Jet2 Goodie Bag with some holiday essentials. All you have to do to be in with a chance of WINNING is like...

Come and join us with Newmarket Holidays on Tuesday 13th August…

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Cruise Event Chelmsford Travel

All Aboard! Your invitation to come along and cruise with us…

Join us for an afternoon all about cruising on Friday 27th September from 3:30pm – 6:30pm Brambles Restaurant, Quadrant Department Store, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0LS Meet a great selection of our cruise operator partners; offering you advice and helping to...

A bloggers guide to Malta..

For Malta Nightlife... Head to Paceville and St Julians, the main areas well known for bustling nightlife. It is dotted with clubs, bars, restaurants, casinos and lounge bars. Head to Havana to party till the wee hours! With a choice of six bars and two dance floors...

Important customer notice: Superbreak Mini-Holidays Ltd (ABTA Y1453) has ceased trading.

We are sorry to say that as of yesterday evening, 1st August 2019 Superbreak Mini-Holidays Ltd (ABTA Y1453) has ceased trading. If you have booked a holiday with Super Break, we regret that all bookings that have not departed may be cancelled. The vast majority of...

What to do when travel goes wrong…

You’ve packed your flip-flops, guidebooks and factor 50, and are wearing your baggy clothes ready for the flight, but are you prepared in case something goes wrong on your holiday? The good news is, if you’ve booked your trip with us, our ABTA cover will ensure...

Brexit: advice for travellers

Many of our clients are asking us about Brexit, and how it might affect people’s travel arrangements. To be honest, it all comes down to the final agreements, and it seems we’re a long way from that happening. But here’s what co-operative travel know so far (as of July 2019).

Proud to support the LGBT+ Community

Equality has been at the heart of our co-op values since Chelmsford Star Co-op was formed over 150 years ago, so there was no doubt about our involvement at Essex Pride once again this year.

We’ll be at Essex Pride this weekend!

We will be attending Essex Pride on Saturday 15th June in Central Park, Chelmsford and have teamed up with Temptation Holidays for your chance to WIN a 7 nights all-inclusive stay in the Cancun Resort, Mexico. Come along and visit our stand for more information.

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Top 10 peaceful holiday destinations!

Top 10 peaceful holiday destinations! February 13, 2019

Best Travel Agents in the UK: Shortlist success!

We’ve been shortlisted as one of the best travel agencies in the UK, according to industry bible The Travel Trade Gazette (TTG).

Worst travel destinations revealed

Plenty of people will have included ‘do more travelling’ somewhere on their New Year’s resolutions list but, whilst we’re all for discovering a new adventure at Co-op Travel, no one should put themselves at risk.

Canary Islands Cruise

Princess Cruise Deals for 2019!

Princess Cruise Deals for 2019! December 10, 2018

Hamper Winner Announced

Congratulations to Caroline Dyer, who has won a hamper of goodies!

Trip To Disneyland Won!

A woman from Colchester has won a trip to Disneyland Paris for her and her family following our recent collaboration with Quadrant department stores and Heart FM.

Honeymoon on the house!

Local couple and customers to our Braintree Co-operative Travel, Shelley Wakeling and Mark Day were “totally shocked” when travel colleague, Susie Hyett phoned them to say they had won the holiday that they had booked through Sovereign Luxury Travel and Daios Cove!

Chelmsford Star wins best in the UK for community support!

We are very excited to announce that Chelmsford Star has been awarded ‘Best For Community Impact’ in the National Business Charity Awards, held in London last night, beating off international competition from the likes of Aldi and Prudential.


For nearly 150 years, people in Essex have chosen to become members of the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society and now tens of thousands enjoy the benefits of membership.

How do I become a member?

Invest £1! See the Join Today page for more information or pick up a form from any of our shops. Send the form back or hand to the staff in your local branch, and the card will be posted to you within a week.