Nature is an endless source of inspiration and we believe in sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm, exploring and celebrating it in as many ways as possible. The Isle of Wight is now a Unesco Biosphere Reserve too in recognition of its nimitable mix of people, place and nature. Discovering, conserving and creating a thriving, healthy environment between us all, and building natural and cultural heritage by coming together to celebrate it all are key Biosphere principles.
Our pop-up events on the Isle of Wight include Under The Pier, Beach, Bugs & Bones, The Arc Safari, Rockpool Magic, Sandman Snowman, Dawn Chorus, The Christmas Garden and more. We also head up the Bay Coastal Community Team (Shaping the Bay) and our Discovery Bay programme of events are designed specifically 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 our not-for-profit, The Common Space are very welcome.
Seminars, Talks, Training, Workshops
Arc and Artecology run seminars, training days and hands-on workshops all built around our Shaping Better Places methodology and covering biodiversity, building net gain and natural capital, designing for urban wildlife, creating habitats for humans and much more. Given recent health updates, many of these services are available through remote contact. If you would like to find out more about how we can train or support your company towards a better understanding and practical bugs-on-seats delivery of biodiversity and sustainability, get in touch.
**COVID-19 UPDATES… Our Shows are still going on… online!
We’ve been adapting all our calendar of events this year in accordance with Covid-19 guidance but so that you don’t have to miss Discovering the Bay or going Under the Pier. While we all miss the magic of discovering things together, at least you can catch a virtual whiff of the natural world as inspiration. We look forward to helping everyone out into a fresh, new world in the near future.
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Contact: Claire Hector, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, tel. 07710 363446
And take a quick glimpse here in our galleries…
Hullabaloo At Home… the festival you can visit forever more!
Hullabaloo, the Sandown Bay community spectacular celebrating our local environment through science, nature, arts, carnival and makings went online this year with 22 hours of live streamed creativity, wildlife and music from a whole host of partners. Rather than postpone or cancel, we took the decision before lockdown that the show must go on. And we’re glad we did! 80,000 people from 30 different countries visited our virtual ‘marquees’ and celebrated on the website, Facebook Live and Youtube.
This year, we celebrated the first anniversary of the Isle of Wight’s designation as an UNESCO Biosphere too… all in all, Hullabaloo is just unmissable.. and thanks to so head over to the repository of all things wonderful and transform your world into a wild and creative Roomiverse!
Hullabaloo is curated by Shademakers UK and The Common Space (our not-for-profit). Thanks to Arts Council England and Down to the Coast for their help with funding this year too.
Under The Pier
Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight
Under The Pier is the Isle of Wight’s end of summer celebration of the curious world and incredible marine life under Ryde Pier. Each year, on a low, low tide, hundreds of people and dozens of marine species come together, with the help of a raft of experts, for this mad, magic, narrowest and often wettest of outdoor adventures!
Run by a volunteer team of ecologists and community artists from environmental organisations Arc, Artecology and The Common Space, the event is always free for everyone and all you need to join in are nets, buckets and wellies.
Join us in September 2021 for this wonderful exploration of people, place and wildlife but in the meantime, if you are off exploring for yourselves, find out more here www.underthepier.space!
Discovery Bay at National Biology & Earth Sciences Week
Back in October 2021
Exploring 100 million years of Bay wildlife from ammonites to cuttlefish!
Become a Bayologist and celebrate National Biology and Earth Sciences Week in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight 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!
Brought to you by the Bay science team from Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum.
Find us ‘Upstairs at the Museum’, The Education Room, Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8QA
(PS. You’ll still need to buy a ticket to go into the main museum section).
The Christmas Garden
Sandown Battery, Talbot Road, Sandown PO36 9EB
Each year, we light up the Sandown Battery with festive spirit and fun for all the family! This completely free community event from The Common Space, Arc and Ventnor Exchange celebrates one of Sandown Bay’s most interesting monuments and cliff-top gardens, bringing them all to brilliant life on a dark winter’s night.
Come back and join us in December 2021 for fantastic illuminations, seasonal art workshops, tree dressing as well as music performances. There’ll be the National Poo Museum, snow, story-telling and shape-throwing on the Shadow Wall, campfires and marshmallows, and our special free home-made drinks and treats.
The Christmas Garden is also possibly the only celebration to feature a Talking Toilet.
The Christmas Garden is funded by The Common Space and local Bay-based businesses, Arc and Artecology.
Beach, Bugs & Bones 2022
Started in 2013, this annual celebration of all things wildlife, from the prehistoric to nature here and now, takes place on the Science Beach and the Lost Duver in spectacular Sandown Bay each April.
Date to be confirmed but expect the Big Fossil Dig and the equally Big Bug Hunt! All free forever!
Follow us on Facebook: The Common Space (@thebaytcs) and @ShapingTheBay or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Chorus Magic 2022
Postponed for a bit but expect a 4.30am start (argh… so early!!)
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… and all in our Isle of Wight Biosphere too! We’ll hear from a host of resident and migrant songbirds along the Eastern Yar (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 3 miles/2 hour walk. It’s mostly flat but there are some steps, boardwalks and gates.
Part of Discovery Bay and in support of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.
Free with donations to The Common Space welcome.
e. Claire@arc-consulting.co.uk m. 07710 363446
Wear comfy shoes and bring a torch. There is limited parking by the Community Orchard and by the Water Treatment Works.