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….

Sandman Snowman

Popping up on a sunny Sunday in March 2020 after Dennis got in the way… (keep an eye out here!)

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

10.30am – 3pm

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



Beach, Bugs & Bones

Sunday 12th April 10.30am – 12.30pm

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

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.



Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2020

(plus Schools Education Day on Friday 15th!)

Sandown Bay spectacular Hullabaloo, a three-day grand celebration of discovery and exploration, fun and wonder, is back for all to enjoy this May with a special Biosphere theme for 2020.

Brought to you by Shademakers UK and The Common Space, Hullabaloo is an absolutely unmissable and unique mix of science, nature, art, live music and madcap carnival and seaside tradition! Discover the amazing world of natural science on your doorstep, meet the artists, makers and inventors, brush up your circus skills and join workshops and parades… all, incredibly, for free!

Transforming an area the size of a theme park by the sea and beyond on the Isle of Wight, Hullabaloo has something for everyone, with special guests including The Science Museum, the Royal Society of Biology and many more.

Keep an eye on Facebook @Hullabalooiw for details as they unfold!


Under the Pier 2020

End of Summer tbc… West Side of Ryde Pier

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.