Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers' Association


Note: Our 2021 class is now full. This is due to us running a ‘catch-up’ class for those who missed out in 2020 due to COVID. Our next class will be Spring 2022.

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. We beginners classes in April and May every year.

Our course consists of 6 weeks of evening ‘theory’ classes, with several practical sessions at apiaries across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The course costs £120 which includes membership of EMBA.

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 as a beekeeper was in the region of £700. In the summer months you will need to be able to check your bees on a weekly basis.

A beekeeping class