WITH bonfire night quickly approaching and families looking forward to some dazzling firework displays, the Star has rounded up five of the best Guy Fawkes nights next week.

Amid the disappointment of the cancelled Spark in the Park in Sherdley Park, more intimate firework displays are still going ahead at smaller venues in St Helens, as well as larger events in the surrounding areas.

With each venue family friendly and boasting a unique selling point, here are five of the best:

Newton-le-Willows Sports Club

Gaining a lot of traction on social media, Newton's bonfire night and firework display is sure to be a popular venue for all the family.

Taking place on from 6pm on Friday, November 5, the bonfire will be lit at 7 and the fireworks at 7:30. The Sports Club also boasts indoor and outdoor bars, an under 12's fairground, food stalls and sideshows.

Located at Crow Lane East in Newton-le-Willows, admission is by ticket only at £5 per person.

For more information visit the Sports Club's Facebook page here

St Helens Star: Newton-le-Willows bonfire night takes place on Friday, November 5Newton-le-Willows bonfire night takes place on Friday, November 5

Rainford Bonfire and Fireworks

St Helens Rotary and Rainford Scouts are bringing back the popular bonfire night in Rainford on Saturday, November 6.

Sweet treats such as mulled wine, hot chocolates, toffee apples, bonfire lollipops and treacle toffee will be on sale at the heated food marquees, in addition to a pizza oven all provided by the Golden Lion pub.

Taking place at Rainford Parish Church Field, off Church Road, gates open at 5pm, followed by the bonfire light at 6:30 and fireworks at 7.

There is a capacity at the event so residents are advised to book tickets now to save dissappointment.

Sponsored by Communications Plus, you can purchase £5 tickets from Rainford News, REDS and Wendy's Flowers.

For more information, visit the Facebook page here

St Helens Star: Some of the toffee apples that will be on offer from the Golden Lion's marqueesSome of the toffee apples that will be on offer from the Golden Lion's marquees

Family Firework Spectacular - Haigh Woodland Park

With Spark in the Park cancelled, Haigh Hall's bonfire night is a great alternative to see a wide array of fireworks and a huge bonfire.

Just a little down the road in Wigan, Haigh Hall are promising "bigger line up of family entertainment [a] bigger stage [and a bigger firework display" after the cancellations of last year.

With live music, musical and colourful fireworks, bars and street food traders, this is not one to be missed for a great family night out.

Taking place from 5pm on Friday, November 5 at Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE, tickets start at £9 and can be bought here

St Helens Star: Haigh Hall's firework displayHaigh Hall's firework display

Halliwell Jones

Another regional alternative for bonfire night is the Halliwell Jones stadium in Warrington, where a huge firework displayed is planned on Novermber 5.

The stadiums previous firework display in 2019 was a huge success, with a DJ, children's mascots and face painters also involved.

Doors open ar 5:30pm, with the fireworks kicking off at 7:30.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for kids, with family tickets giving entry to two adults and two junior available for £25.

To book, you can visit their website here or call 248888.

St Helens Star: The Halliwell Jones' Bonfire Night display in 2019The Halliwell Jones' Bonfire Night display in 2019

Southport Pleasureland

On Saturday November, 6, Southport Pleasureland will be hosting a Day of the Dead extravaganza, eith unlimited rides, samba drummers, fire eaters, and a live DJ on offer aswell as the stunning firework display.

Tickets for the Mexican-themed event start at £10 and can be booked here

St Helens Star: Southport Pleasureland is hosting a Mexican Day of the Dead Extravaganza on November 6Southport Pleasureland is hosting a Mexican Day of the Dead Extravaganza on November 6