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CMADE Outdoor Leadership Academy

Welcome to CMADE Outdoors Leadership Academy, where leadership meets adventure! Our academy specialises in dynamic leadership programs tailored for all ages, focusing on cultivating leadership skills through thrilling adventures while fostering resilience.​

We are often asked where the name CMADE originates from, CMADE is an acronym used by the military back in the day.  Confidence Manner Attitude Diligence Enthusiasm were all qualities of a good instructor, I tweaked this and added ambition replacing attitude. These are the values that we pride ourselves upon and encourage during our programmes. 


​Our programs blend outdoor activities with leadership training, creating a unique environment where participants learn to lead, collaborate, and overcome challenges.​From young adventurers to seasoned leaders, our academy offers a diverse range of programs designed to nurture leadership potential. Through outdoor expeditions, problem-solving tasks, and teamwork exercises, individuals develop resilience, adaptability, and decision-making prowess.​Recognizing the evolving challenges of orchestrating outdoor education, CMADE Outdoors offers accessible Codes of Practice and Risk Assessments, easing the strain of pre-program planning.


Our aim is to elevate academic aspirations and achievements by integrating outdoor education into your curriculum. We cater to a broad spectrum of learners, spanning from Key Stage 2 to higher education, delivering curriculum-based activities and enriched learning experiences.​ Outdoor activities provide opportunities to link with many other curriculum areas and facilitate cross-curricular approaches to learning such as:

Problem solving

Effective teamwork

Leadership skills

Effective communication

Decision making

Building self-reliance

Taking responsibility for self and team members


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School Visits 

At CMADE Outdoors, we welcome schools, groups and youth organisations to come and visit us at the farm.  Situated in the beautiful South Yorkshire countryside,  found on Cone Lane in Silkstone Barnsley, S75 4LY will get you here. 

Forest Classroom 

Our 12-acre forest sets the perfect conditions for forest learning environment, surrounded by beautiful South Yorkshire countryside. On miserable days our converted barn boasts a comfortable indoor learning space for focused educational sessions, providing a dynamic contrast to the outdoor adventures.  Our forest learning environment is the perfect venue  for learning how to thrive in the outdoors.   

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Onsite amenities include a large converted barn, perfect for impactful presentations and group activities. Take advantage of our café offering onsite catering service, utilise our spacious in and outdoor dining area with catering options available for a delightful communal experience. Proud of our 5 Star food hygiene rating, providing healthy home cooked dishes from locally sourced foods.

Back to Basics Camping

Residentials welcome from April 2024.

Comfortable Accommodation: Experience the charm of camping without compromising on comfort. Our campsite takes outdoor living to the next level with the inclusion of six spacious 6 x 5 metre bell tents, providing a cosy haven for the perfect camping experience. Our bell tents offer a blend of rustic charm and modern convenience, each with exclusive use of the camping field, ensuring privacy for your group.

Exclusive Camping Field: Enjoy the luxury of having the entire camping field exclusively for your group. This means ample space for outdoor activities, team-building exercises, and communal gatherings. Embrace the sense of camaraderie that comes with having a dedicated area for your school residentials.

Facilities for all: Our campsite features essential amenities, including well-maintained washrooms, dining facilities, and communal spaces. Safety is our priority, and our site is equipped with necessary measures to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for everyone.

At CMADE Outdoors, we believe in creating an immersive learning environment that inspires curiosity and fosters holistic development. Join us in unlocking the potential of outdoor education, where every moment becomes a lesson and every lesson an adventure.

Come and join us

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Nature Nerds Farm School

Farm yard learning provision for "home ed" children. 

Welcome to Nature Nerds “Home Ed” Farm School where curious minds explore, discover, and connect with the wonders of the natural world! Nestled in the heart of the countryside, our farm school offers a unique educational experience for children who are passionate about nature, wildlife, and sustainable farming practices.

At Nature Nerds, we believe in the power of hands-on learning and outdoor adventures. Our programs are designed to inspire young nature enthusiasts to develop a deeper appreciation for the environment while fostering a sense of stewardship for the land. From interactive workshops to exciting farm activities, there's something for every budding naturalist to enjoy.

Embark on a journey of exploration as you roam through lush meadows, winding woodland trails, and flourishing vegetable gardens. Engage in hands-on farming activities such as planting seeds, harvesting crops, and caring for farm animals. Our experienced educators guide students through immersive experiences that teach valuable skills, spark curiosity, and ignite a lifelong passion for environmental sustainability.

Join us for nature walks, wildlife spotting excursions, and birdwatching adventures to discover the rich biodiversity that thrives on our farm. Learn about native plants, insects, birds, and other wildlife species that call our farm home. With each step, children deepen their understanding of ecological systems and the interconnection of all living things.

Delve into the art of farm-to-table cooking as you prepare delicious meals using fresh, organic ingredients harvested straight from the farm. Gain insight into the importance of sustainable food production, healthy eating habits, and supporting local agriculture.

At Nature Nerds Farm School, we celebrate the changing seasons with festive events and seasonal activities that highlight the natural rhythms of farm life. From spring planting parties to autumn harvest festivals, there's always something exciting happening on the farm.

Whether you're a home schooling family, a nature-loving child, or an educator passionate about outdoor education, Nature Nerds Farm School welcomes you to embark on a journey of discovery, connection, and conservation.

Dates 10 th April onwards 

Every  Wednesday

0930 – 1230 both days

Cost £15 per child 

Ages suitable for ages 6+

Exploring Natures Classroom: Embracing Inclusivity with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At CMADE Outdoors, we believe that the great outdoors belongs to everyone, regardless of their abilities. In our ongoing commitment to inclusivity, we welcome school visits with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with open arms. These visits not only enrich the lives of the children but also inspire us to create more accessible and engaging outdoor experiences for all.

Every child deserves the opportunity to connect with nature, to feel the breeze on their faces, and to marvel at the wonders of the natural world. For children with SEND, these experiences can be transformative, offering them a sense of freedom and exploration that may be limited in other environments. Our tailored programs cater to a range of needs, ensuring that every child can participate and thrive in outdoor activities.

One of the key aspects of our approach is collaboration. We work closely with schools and educators to understand the specific needs of each child and to tailor our programs accordingly. Whether it's providing sensory-friendly activities, adapting trails for wheelchair accessibility, or offering additional support from trained staff, we strive to create an environment where every child feels safe, comfortable, and empowered to explore.

The benefits of outdoor experiences for children with SEND are manifold. Beyond the physical benefits of fresh air and exercise, nature provides a rich sensory experience that can stimulate curiosity and creativity. From the texture of tree bark to the sound of birdsong, every moment spent outdoors is an opportunity for learning and discovery. Moreover, nature has a calming effect that can help reduce stress and anxiety, providing much-needed respite for children facing daily challenges.

But perhaps the most profound impact of these visits is the sense of belonging and inclusion that they foster. In the great outdoors, there are no barriers or limitations—only endless possibilities for exploration and adventure. By embracing children with SEND in our outdoor programs, we send a powerful message of acceptance and equality, showing them that they are valued members of our community.

As we reflect on the experiences shared and the memories made during these visits, we are reminded of the transformative power of nature and the importance of creating inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive. Moving forward, we remain committed to breaking down barriers and opening up new horizons for children with SEND, ensuring that the great outdoors truly belongs to all.

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