The Colonnade Court was laid out in 2012-13 on the site of the former Kitchen Garden. It provides a splendid alfresco theatre which is ideal for drinks parties, fund-raising events and performances. The Colonnade itself looks over formal parterres filled tulips in the spring and a froth of flowers in the summer and early autumn. These soften the formality of the classical statuary including busts of Roman emperors and urns. The court affords vistas across the gardens to the surrounding countryside.