Upcoming Events

Nature is an endless source of inspiration and we believe in exploring it in as many wonderful and inventive ways as possible –  join us on one of our free events or seminars so you can see and learn more for yourself!

Our pop-up events on the Isle of Wight include Under The Pier, Beach, Bugs & Bones, The Arc Woodland Safari, Rockpool Magic, Sandman Snowman, Dawn Chorus, The Christmas Garden and more.

As part of the Bay Coastal Community Team (Shaping the Bay), our Discovery Bay programme of events are designed to reveal the extraordinary science and lifelong inspiration of the natural world in our home-base, Sandown Bay.

We fund our events ourselves but donations (and sponsors too) to The Common Space are very welcome.

Follow us on Facebook:  Shaping The BayWelcome to Arc, Twitter: @arcteam and Instagram, Arc.Ways.

Or alternatively, contact Claire Hector on claire@arc-consulting.co.uk / claire@artecology.design, tel. 07710 363446 for more information.

To see what it’s all about, take a look at our galleries…

Coming up….

Discovery Bay 2019…

Keep an eye out here for a whole year’s worth of Bayology events timed to celebrate the Island’s Biosphere nomination as well as Under the Pier!

First for your diaries is…

Discovery Bay Science Day

Sunday 10th March 2019

10.30am – 2.30pm

Celebrate British Science Week in Sandown Bay with a day of scientific discovery and natural history….

Drop-in laboratories and pop-up displays featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to pond life, moths, moss and poo!

The Bay science team from The Common Space, Arc, Artecology, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum will all be there, and it’s free for all the family!

So come and see us in the Education Room, Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA.


Beach, Bugs & Bones 2019

Sunday 28th April 11am – 1pm

Our 5th annual beach and beyond celebration of all things wildlife, from the prehistoric to the full of life, in beautiful Sandown Bay!

Join us for fossil hunting, the beach gallery, bug-hoovering, soil-sieving, willow-walking, the hydrophone, and lots, lots more!

Find us on the Science Beach, the seafront opposite Browns Golf Course, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA.

Wellies recommended.

Facebook: Shaping The Bay  & The Common Space


Dawn Chorus Magic 

Sunday 19th May 4.45am

This wildlife spectacular returns to get you up before sunrise!  So set your alarm and come and join us for one of nature’s great treats. We’ll hear from a host of resident and migrant songbirds (and there’s always the chance of a nightingale!).

Meeting at Longwood Lane, outside the Southern Water Treatment Works, Sandown PO36 9PR

Approximately 2 hour walk. Wear comfy shoes.

Facebook: Shaping The Bay  & The Common Space


Hullabaloo 2019...

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May…

Sandown Bay spectacular, Hullabaloo is a two-day unmissable extravaganza brought to you by Shademakers UK with support from The Common Space, featuring kite-flying, parades, art, making, music and the SoapBox Challenge.

After the huge success of our Discovery Bay arena at Hullabaloo last year, our team (that’s Artecology, Arc, The Common Space and the National Poo Museum) will be bringing science, nature, heritage and more to Hullabaloo again in 2019, revealing life-long inspiration and extraordinary natural resource of Sandown Bay.

Join us for spectacular shows, pop-up labs and plop-up displays from our team of Artecologists and the National Poo Museum. Last year’s event gave us the chance to see the explosive Science Museum and mad Wonderstruck, to meet the Royals (the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal College of Pathology) and Dr Erica McAlister, Dipterist from The Natural History Museum too. We picked the brains and bones of dinosaur experts from the IW Dinosaur Museum, learnt about the work of the Wild Heart Trust and IW Zoo, discovered iWatch and the BioBlitz, the fantastic Wildlife Trust Beach School… and then there was Forest school, Biology Big Top, Wild About Wight, Time Taxi and much more.  Hullabaloo and Discovery Bay takes place in various locations… The Discovery Bay area, Top Floor at Dinosaur Isle, on the Science Beach and out in and among the woods of the Willow Walk.

For more details as they unfold, visit Hullabaloo and follow The Common Space on Facebook.


Discovery Bay Biology Week

Exploring 100 million years of Bay wildlife, from ammonites to cuttlefish!

Sunday 13th October 10.00am til 4.00pm

Become a Bayologist and celebrate National Biology Week right here in Discovery Bay with a day stuffed full of life science activities for all ages. Try out our powerful microscopes, sieve for life in the soil, fire up the mighty bug hoover, dip for pondlife and fill up our wildlife aquarium, and marvel at the mole-in-a-jar!

The Bay science team from Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum will all be here, and it’s free for all the family!

Venue tbc…

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