Things to do in Hampshire & IoW

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Isle of Wight steam railway
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The island's steam railway marks its 40th anniversary


At least four Victorian locomotives will be in steam to mark the 40th anniversary of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway 28 -30 May at Havenstreet Station.

Eastney Beam Engine house open day visit the Victorian building containing a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps restored to their original 1887 condition, 28 - 29 May.

Cunard Queens. An exhibition in Southampton celebrating the liners Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2 at The Bargate shopping centre 1000 - 1600. Tuesdays - Saturdays and Sundays.

Mapping Great Britain Since 1791. A chance to see what Ordnance Survey does at Southampton Maritime Museum, until June.

Nature & Outdoors

Elderflower day - a short walk to find and learn about elderflowers and their edible and medicinal properties, 28 May 1100 BST (booking essential).

See mean machines compete at a gravity powered only soapbox derby at Whitehill near Bordon on 30 May 2011, 1100 BST.

A brisk bank holiday leisure walk around Basingstoke starting from the Gill Nethercott Centre at 1100 BST on Monday May 30.

Central Parks Walk: A free one hour lunchtime walk in Southampton's central parks with the theme "flower power" on 1 June, 12.30 BST.

Orchids at Manor Farm Country Park. A ranger-led walk around the park to see the orchids and other flora and fauna. Saturday 4 June, 1030 - 1300.

Arts & Culture

See Yarmouth's picturesque harbour filled with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels during the The 15th Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival June 3-5.

The annual free EjectorSeat Arts Festival transforms Southampton's Palmerston Park into a creative hive of artistic activity on Saturday, 4 June 2011.

Donate a piece of wood for The Boat Project who are building a unique 30ft sailing boat to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games made from wood provided by the public.

Isle Of Wight Art Club Spring Exhibition at Quarr Abbey, Ryde May until June 1, 1000 - 1600.

A temporary 'Wind Garden' on the Isle of Wight featuring a number of sculptures and instruments made from natural and recycled materials at One Horse Field, Totland, Friday 3 June.

Royal wedding gowns from the TV series The Tudors form the centrepiece of a costume exhibition hosted by Portsmouth Cathedral 10 - 30 May.

Wolverton Folk Fair, Shorwell, Sunday May 29 - featuring the best of the Island's Folk musicians, from acoustic duos to full electric bands.

Andy Warhol exhibition, nearly 200 works on show across two of the city's galleries, Southampton City Art Gallery and John Hansard Gallery, until 26 June.

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