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, Rockpool Magic, Crab & Ships, 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. Keep an eye out for next year’s Discovery Bay calendar coming up here shortly…!

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.

Take a look at images of past events in our galleries…


Coming up….


The Christmas Garden 2018

Sunday 16th December 4pm – 7pm

Sandown Battery & Battery Gardens, Talbot Road, Sandown PO36 9EB

The Common Space and Ventnor Exchange invite you to join them in a free, glorious and light-filled celebration of Christmas in Sandown’s Barrack Battery and Gardens.

We’re back for the third year running to light up Sandown Battery with festive spirit and fun for all the family. This completely free community event will celebrate one of The Bay’s most iconic monuments.

The Garden will again host fantastic illuminations, seasonal craft and decoration workshops, tree dressing, brass bands, community choirs, free home-made refreshments, campfires and marshmallow toasting.

The event is a collaboration between The Common Space and Ventnor Exchange that seeks to breathe life into an underused public space, gathering the community together for festivities on a cold and dark winter’s night.

The Christmas Garden will open as the sun sets from approximately 4pm – 7pm.

All are welcome and entry is free – wrap up warm!

(Pay & Display parking available at the Heights… or why not leave the car behind and walk to us along the cliff walks from Sandown, Lake and Shanklin).


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!


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!



  • Another piece of artwork for our Under The Pier event by artist Hannah George