An alcohol-free bar opening in Chelmsford, Essex, will be the first of its kind in the county, its owner claims.

Named Abstinence and independently owned and run by Wendy Sillett, the bar is scheduled to open in early December.

The launch follows a number of alcohol-free pubs and bars cropping up across the country, such as Redemption Bar, which has sites in Shoreditch and Notting Hill.

Wendy has been planning the venue for two years and aims to offer a "safe, fun and friendly atmosphere without the necessity of alcohol day or night" in Chelmsford.

She said she found the "perfect location" in the central area of the town – a few minutes from transport amenities like the station and car parks.

The bar will open from 6.30am in the morning until what it describes as "late" with lunch and evening meals catering to both meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, Wendy plans to have "DJs entertain sober guests with a range of music for all customers from the '80s through to present day".

It will also host professional comedy nights and jazz evenings and will work with like-minded events firms Sober Events UK and Sober is Fun to provide entertainment.

Wendy said: "There are plenty of reasons people decide not to drink alcohol.

"Maybe it's a lifestyle choice, healthy way of life, religion or just they do not like effect of alcohol."