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, Crab & Ships, Dawn Chorus, The Christmas Garden and more. We also run the Bay Coastal Community Team (Shaping the Bay) and our Discovery Bay programme of events are designed to reveal the extraordinary science and lifelong inspiration of the natural world available to all in Sandown Bay. Join in the Discovery Bay calendar of events and become a Bayologist in 2018!

Follow our updates here or on Facebook:  Shaping The BayWelcome to Arc,Twitter: @arcteam.  Or alternatively, contact Claire Hector on claire@arc-consulting.co.uk / claire@artecology.design, tel. 07710 363446.

Here are our events galleries!


Coming up for 2018….


Discovery Bay 2018

Revealing the extraordinary science & life-long inspiration of the natural world…

Saturday 17th March 2018

10.30am – 4.30pm

Science, Nature, Art… become a Bayologist in 2018 and celebrate British Science Week in the Bay with a day of scientific discovery and pop-up natural history… on land and on sand!

Drop-in labs, microscopic art and beach rummaging… featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to sponges, sea squirts, moths, moss, bugs & poos!  Free event for all the family with the Bay Coastal Community team, Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, the National Poo Museum & iWatchWildlife.

Wellies recommended. No need to book.

@ The Works & The Science Beach

Browns Golf Course, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8AF

Nearest Bus Stop: Brown’s Golf Course

Short walk from Sandown & bike racks available at Brown’s Cafe.

Parking at Dinosaur Isle or Isle of Wight Zoo car park (Pay & Displays)


Dawn Chorus Magic 

Sunday 29th April 2018 4.30am (argh).

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

Grid ref for start location: SZ588850

Approximately 2 hour walk.

In support of  Shaping The Bay & part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival


Beach, Bugs & Bones 2018

Sunday 6th May 2018 10.30am – 12.30pm

The 4th annual celebration of all things wildlife, from the prehistoric to the very much alive, in beautiful Sandown Bay! Join us for fossil hunting, the beach gallery, bug hoovering soil-sieving, the hydrophone, and lots lots more!

@ The Science Beach, the seafront opposite Browns Golf Course, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA


Hullabaloo 2018...

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May…

A new Sandown Bay spectacular, Hullabaloo is a two-day unmissable extravaganza from Shademakers UK, featuring kite-flying, parades, art, making, music and the SoapBox Challenge!  The Common Space (our not-for-profit arm) has teamed up with them this year to bring nature discovery and science to the mix, hosting the Natural History Museum, the Royal Society of Biology, the Science Museum, the Wildlife Trust, IW Bioblitz and more.

@ Brown’s Golf Course, Sandham Gardens & Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA

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


Under the Pier 2018 – There’s a whole wild world out there…

Uncover an Anemone!  Dodge a Sea Squirt!  Splash all the way to the Sponge Gardens!

Our annual event exploring the intertidal zone under Ryde Pier has become a feature of Ryde’s nature calendar, led a special Under The Pier microsite, and is helping to inform how people feel about this 200 year old land-, or sea-mark, and the wildlife it supports.

So join Arc, Artecology, The Common Space and friends this summer to discover the amazing multi-coloured marine wildlife under the famous Ryde Pier!

Watch this www.underthepier.space! for dates and times…


Celebrating Biology Week

Sunday 14th October 10.30am – 2.30pm

Exploring a 100 million years of Bay wildlife, from ammonites to cuttlefish!  Become a Bayologist and help celebrate National Biology Week right here in Discovery Bay with a day stuffed full with life science activities for all ages.

@ The Works & The Science Beach

Browns Golf Course, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8AF