If you want to start beekeeping it is highly recommended to attend classes, or apprentice yourself to a beekeeper who is happy to help you. Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers Association (EMBA) runs beginners classes in April and May every year.

Our 2020 Beekeeping Course is now full - other beekeeping courses can be found via the Scottish Beekeepers Association

The course consists of beekeeping theory classes and practical sessions, and aims to teach you everything you need to know to become a beekeeper.

The theory classes take place on Wednesday evenings (7pm-9pm) at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinbugh:

April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and May 6th and May 13th

The practical classes take place on Saturday lunchtimes at various locations across the Lothians (exact time varies due to weather/location):

April 25th and May 2nd, 9th and 16th

Both sections are vital and if you are unable to commit to both sections please consider applying in another year as the course is in high demand and places are limited.

The cost of setting up to become a beekeeper can be expensive, though it is a rewarding hobby. In 2018 it was estimated the cost of setting up was in the region of £700. In the summer months you will need to be able to check your bees approximately weekly.

The course costs £120 which includes membership of EMBA and a subsidised first year’s membership of the Scottish Beekeepers Association.

Places on the beginners' course can be purchased at our Online Shop

Theory class session
Practical hive inspections