Guildford Spectrum

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Guildford Spectrum
Guildford Spectrum is located in Surrey
Guildford Spectrum
Guildford Spectrum shown within Surrey
(grid reference TQ004509)

Guildford Spectrum is a leisure complex in Guildford, Surrey, England. Owned by Guildford Borough Council, it was opened on 23 February 1993 at a cost of £28 million. It is the home of ice hockey team the Guildford Flames, and other sports clubs. In addition to its large indoor sports arena it has an Olympic size ice rink, four swimming pools, a tenpin bowling centre, squash courts and football/athletics stadium.

The stadium adjoining the complex is home to Guildford City F.C. who play in the Southern Football League. The stadium has 135 seats under cover as well as having a standing capacity of around one thousand.

In 2011 operation of the Spectrum was outsourced to Freedom Leisure as part of a ten-year deal with Guildford Borough Council.[1]



  • 32-lane tenpin bowling centre
  • Olympic ice rink with a capacity of over 2000.
  • Four swimming pools including a leisure pool and 3 board diving pool
  • An outdoor athletics track seating four hundred spectators
  • Gym & Spa
  • Squash courts
  • 3 Multi-purpose sports halls
  • A variety of restaurants including Coffee Shop, Wimpy and Old El Paso
  • A children's play area called Specky's Pirate Ship


There are four pools in the facility:

  • Teaching pool
  • 8 lane 25m Competition pool with spectator seating. Used for lane swimming sessions, public sessions and private swimming galas.
  • Diving pool with 1 & 3m springboards and 5m platform
  • Free-form beach-style Leisure Pool with depths ranging from zero (beach entrance/exit) to 1.5 metres. This pool includes 4 slides: Flume, Tyre ride, Aqua Whizz, The Surf and 2 small slides for younger children. The pool has various bubble beds, water sprays and a wave machine.


  • 32 fully automated, tenpin bowling lanes.
  • Optional use of bumpers.
  • Accurate digital scoring system.
  • Free shoe hire.
  • Bowling leagues also play here in off peak times.

Ice Rink[edit]

  • Olympic sized Ice Rink with spectator seating for over 2000 people.
  • Skate, Helmet Hire and Fun Penguins
  • Various skate sessions to suit all ages and abilities.
  • Group and Private Skating lessons available.
  • Expansive Sound and Lighting equipment accommodates ice discos and theatrical productions.
  • Home of the Guildford Flames ice hockey team.
  • Has overlooking Corporate Hospitality facilities

Sports Arenas[edit]

  • 1600m2 Sports Arena
  • The arena is used mostly for sporting activities and can accommodate 10 badminton courts, two 5-a-side football pitches, two indoor tennis courts, two basketball courts and two volleyball courts as well as trampolining
  • Spectrum arena can also be transformed into an entertainment venue with seating for 1500
  • Has overlooking Corporate Hospitality facilities
  • Action Suite is a multi-purpose hall which accommodates a large range of aerobic and exercise classes.

Athletics Stadium[edit]

  • 400m all-weather floodlit athletics track with 8 lanes
  • 1000 spectator seating
  • Central grass pitch for field events
  • 2 long jump pits
  • Pole vault, High jump, Discus and Hammer equipment


  • Coffee Shop "Ground"
  • Wimpy
  • The View & Strikes (Bar)
  • Old El Paso (Mexican food)

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Coordinates: 51°14′54″N 0°33′46″W / 51.24844°N 0.56288°W / 51.24844; -0.56288