It’s colder than a penguins privates outside, snow is falling fast and most people are even going out at night with their coats on.

Many of us can’t get to work (what a shame) and the news is full of amber weather warnings and gas supply shortages  – but it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom.

What you need to do when the weather is this terrible, is embrace it.

Here’s our guide to the best ways to cope with the cold in and around Newcastle this week:

1. Cuddle up with a pint by an open fire – The Cumberland Arms in the Ouseburn Valley has a roaring fire, a fantastic range of ales, board games and views over the Tyne. What more could you want for wiling away a wintry afternoon? Or, if the walk over Byker way just seems a bit much, The Forth near Central Station also has a log fire, and with delicious food served every day you could justifiably stay in there until all this snow clears up.

2. Relax with tea and cake – nothing warms the soul and puts right all the world’s wrongs like a cup of tea. The Quilliam Brothers Teahouse near Newcastle University stocks over 60 different types of tea as well as a tempting array of baked goods to provide the extra calories you’ll need to keep warm this week. There’s also board games and regular film nights so you can just get cosy with a cuppa and escape from the cold for a while.

3. Set your insides on fire with a spicy dinner – chow down on some chillies or curry spices and light a little fire in your tummy to keep you thawed out. One of the latest additions to Newcastle’s Asian food scene, Boat Noodle is a Malaysian café with a warm welcome. Try the Nasi Kerabu with blue rice for a tasty treat that will see off the winter blues.

4. Leave the world outside behind with hot yoga – working up a sweat will get your circulation going again and where better than inside a 20-person inflatable pod heated to 37 degrees? Hotpod Yoga in Jesmond will let you get your flow on inside a lovely warm environment, and it’s even suitable for beginners. All you need is a bottle of water and suitable clothing, so what are you waiting for? Get on a yoga mat, close your eyes and dream that you are on the Costa…

5. Lastly, you know what they say – if you can’t beat them, join them. Or in this case if you can’t beat the Beast from the East, find your inner child and get out in that snow and have some fun! Try flinging yourself down Cow Hill on the Town Moor or the slopes around the Angel of the North for some sledging with scenery. The latter even has a coffee cart in the car park so you can warm up afterwards. Winner.

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