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….

Rockpool Magic with Wild About Wight

Friday 27th July 4pm – 6pm

Join Wild About Wight, Arc and Artecology on a rockpool safari for all the family at the world-famous Bembridge Ledges. Spread out across the beach and search the rockpools for extraordinary things!

Meet us at Bembridge Lifeboat Station Car Park, Lane End Road, Bembridge, PO35 5TB or find us on Bembridge Beach south of the RNLI Pier.

Bring a bucket (and a net if you have one) and wear wellies or waterproof shoes.

FREE event… no need to book!

For more information, keep an eye out on Facebook: Natural Wight and Welcome to Arc or contact Claire at claire@vectishousing.co.uk / claire@arc-consulting.co.uk, 07710 363446.


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

Sunday 9th September 3.30pm – 6pm

Uncover an Anemone… dodge a Sea Squirt and splash all the way to the magical Sponge Gardens!

Our annual event exploring the intertidal zone under Ryde Pier has become a feature of Ryde’s nature calendar, led to 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!

With special guests, iWatchWildlife and Bird Aware Solent.

Visit www.underthepier.space to find out more…

Bring a bucket (and a net if you have one) and wear wellies or waterproof shoes.

FREE event… no need to book!


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


Hullabaloo 2019...

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May…

Sandown Bay spectacular, Hullabaloo is a two-day unmissable extravaganza from Shademakers UK featuring kite-flying, parades, art, making, music and the SoapBox Challenge!

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

Join us for spectacular shows, pop-up labs and plop-up displays from our team of Art-Ecologists 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!