A taste of sun and sangria will be at the Merlin MS Centre this summer as the charity kick starts the season with its themed pop-up nights.

Guests can dine al fresco with suitably themed entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of the centre at Hewas Water near St. Austell.

First up is a Spanish night on Friday, June 23, with paella, sangria and a Canarian guitar

Ruth Beadle, community fundraiser, said: “Everybody loves food so what better way to bring people together with plenty of fun and laughter but also to raise funds for the centre.”

The meal will be accompanied by Spanish guitarist Francisco Mesa, whose repertoire combines Spanish, classical and Flamenco guitar.

Ruth added; “We are so grateful to Fran for giving us his time to perform for us here at the centre.”

The Merlin MS Centre is an independent Cornish charity for people whose lives are affected by multiple sclerosis, a progressive neurological condition for which there is no cure.

Cornwall has the highest rate of MS in mainland Britain, with more than 1,000 people diagnosed in the county. The centre provides expert therapies, support and advice for MS clients and those with other neurological conditions to help them better manage their symptoms, improving health and well-being, as well as giving support to family members and loved ones.

Tickets are available for £10 via 01726 885530 or ruth@merlinemncentre.org.uk, booking is essential and a vegetarian option is also available but must be pre-ordered.