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 between March and May every year.

The first half consists of beekeeping theory classes mid-week in the evening. The second section consists of practical sessions at the weekend in the Edinburgh area. Please download the Course Content for more information.
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 course costs £90 which is paid for in advance of the course. This includes membership of EMBA and a subsidised first year’s membership of the Scottish Beekeepers Association.

The cost of setting up to become beekeeping can be expensive. In 2015 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.

To take part in our beginners classes, please complete our Beginners' Course Application Form.

Theory class session
Practical hive inspections