Upcoming Events

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.

We have re-shaped many of our spring and summer events and seminars for the moment in accordance with Covid-19 guidance but will keep you posted and look forward to helping everyone out into a fresh, new world in the near future.

In the meantime, follow us on Facebook:  Shaping The BayWelcome to Arc, Twitter: @arcteam and Instagram, @arc.ways. Contact Claire Hector, claire@arc-consulting.co.uk / claire@artecology.design, tel. 07710 363446 for more information.

Sunny/rainy pictures for you in our galleries…


Hullabaloo At Home… 

From now until…

Friday 19th June… Biosphere Birthday… Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo, the Sandown Bay community spectacular celebrating our local environment through science, nature, arts, carnival and makings is GO!

This year is all about the Isle of Wight Biosphere so join us all as we transform your world into a wild Roomiverse!

Here’s what we’re lining up in our Discovery Bay ‘Marquee’…

  • How to Train Your Hoverfly, Pond-in-a-Jar, MicroEye the Movie, Windowsill Wildlife… and more Essential Tips on Ecology from the Bay Science Team.
  • Poos Near You or something like it with the potty National Poo Museum.
  • The Amazing All-day Great Garden Wildlife Safari from Dawn Chorus to Dark Skies with Cloud-gazing, Star-gazing and in the middle BackYard Bioblitz, iWatchWildlife and the return of the magical Moon, Music, Moths.

With Special Guests 

  • Virtually a Royal Visit! Expect pop-up experiments from the fantastic team at the Royal Society of Biology…
  • Fly-ing-In especially – the Natural History Museum’s very own Dr Erica McAlister aka Fly-Girl will be revealing the wonders of the things with wings as part of the Hullabaloo talks programme…

For more information visit Hullabaloo.

Beach, Bugs & Bones

Postponed for a bit!

Our 6th 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.

Follow us on Facebook: The Common Space (@thebaytcs) and @ShapingTheBay or contact claire@arc-consulting.co.uk

Dawn Chorus Magic

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.


Under the Pier 2020

On a low tide at the end of Summer and when we’re all allowed out again!

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.

Dates still to be confirmed when tides details are in!

Look out for this wonderful exploration of people, place and wildlife at www.underthepier.space.

Discovery Bay – National Biology & Earth Sciences Week

Sunday 11th October – 10.30am – 4pm

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!

The Bay science team from Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum are all on hand to help and it’s all free!

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 2020

Sunday 13th December 4.30pm – 7pm

Sandown Battery, Talbot Road, Sandown PO36 9EB

The Christmas Garden is back for 2019 to 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.

This year, The Garden will again host fantastic illuminations, seasonal art workshops, tree dressing as well as music performances from Vectis Brass and choirs. 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.