Upcoming Events

Nature is an endless source of inspiration and we believe in exploring and celebrating it in as many wonderful and inventive ways as possible. The Isle of Wight is now a Unesco Biosphere Reserve too and it’s this inimitable mix of people, place and nature that made it so.  Protecting our biodiversity, creating cultural heritage and coming together to celebrate it all are the brilliant Biosphere principles.  Why not  join us on one of our free events or seminars so you can explore, learn and celebrate with us!

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.

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.

And loads and loads of pictures of it all in our galleries…

Next up….


The Christmas Garden

Sunday 15th December 4pm – 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, story-telling and historical street performers, the return of the Shadow Wall, campfires and marshmallows, even free home-made drinks and treats.

And for the first year ever, The Christmas Garden will feature the world’s best Talking Toilet.

The Christmas Garden is funded by The Common Space and local Bay-based businesses, Arc and Artecology.




Sandman Snowman

Sunday 16th February 2020

10.30am until lunchtime…

Don’t wait for it to snow to make a snowman!

Join The Common Space on Sandown Bay’s Science Beach, come snow or shine, and make your own Snowman… out of sand!

Carrots and coal provided and hot chocolate on tap!

Bring a bucket and spade and wrap up REALLY warm.

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

Free event!

Follow us on Facebook: @TheBayTCS and @ShapingTheBay or contact claire@arc-consulting.co.uk


Discovery Bay… British Science Week 2020

Sunday 15th March 2019

10.30am – 4pm

Celebrate British Science Week in Sandown Bay with a day of scientific discovery and natural history!

Drop-in laboratories and pop-up displays featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to pond life, moths, moss and poo. The Bay science team from The Common Space, Arc, Artecology, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum will all be there, and it’s free for all the family!

Find us in the Education Room, Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA.

Follow us on Facebook: @TheBayTCS and @ShapingTheBay or contact claire@arc-consulting.co.uk



Dawn Chorus Magic

Sunday 10th May 4.30am (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.