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, Crab & Ships, Dawn Chorus, The Christmas Garden and more. We also run the Bay Coastal Community Team (Shaping the Bay) and our Discovery Bay programme of events are designed to reveal the extraordinary science and lifelong inspiration of the natural world available to all in Sandown Bay. Join in the Discovery Bay calendar of events and become a Bayologist in 2018!

Follow our updates here or on Facebook:  Shaping The BayWelcome to Arc,Twitter: @arcteam.  Or alternatively, contact Claire Hector on claire@arc-consulting.co.uk / claire@artecology.design, tel. 07710 363446.

Here are our events galleries!


Coming up….


Discovery Bay – Biology Week & Earth Sciences Week 2018

Exploring 100 million years of Bay wildlife, from ammonites to cuttlefish!

Sunday 14th October 10.00am til 4.00pm

Become a Bayologist and celebrate National Biology Week and Earth Science Week right here in Discovery Bay 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 will all be here, and it’s free for all the family!

So come and see us in the Education Room, Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA.

Facebook: Shaping The Bay,
Instagram: Arc.Ways.
For more info, email claire@arc-consulting.co.uk


The Christmas Garden

SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday 16th December…. more details to follow.

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


Hullabaloo 2019...

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May…

Sandown Bay spectacular, Hullabaloo is a two-day unmissable extravaganza from Shademakers UK featuring kite-flying, parades, art, making, music and the SoapBox Challenge!

After the barnstorming success of the Discovery Bay arena last year, the Discovery Bay team (that’s Artecology, Arc, The Common Space and the National Poo Museum) will be bringing science, nature, heritage, and even health to Hullabaloo again in 2019, revealing life-long inspiration and extraordinary natural magic of Sandown Bay.

Join us for spectacular shows, pop-up labs and plop-up displays from our team of Art-Ecologists 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